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Revisiting the Vietnam War and International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk

Revisiting the Vietnam War and International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk

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Cambridge University Press, 12/28/2017
EAN 9781108409964, ISBN10: 1108409962

Paperback, 442 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

This collection of scholarly and critical essays about the legal aspects of the Vietnam War explores various crimes committed by the United States against North Vietnam: war of aggression; war crimes in bombing civilian targets such as schools and hospitals, and using napalm, cluster bombs, and Agent Orange; crimes against humanity in moving large parts of the population to so-called strategic hamlets; and alleged genocide and ecocide. International lawyer Richard Falk, who observed these acts personally in North Vietnam in 1968, uses international law to show how they came about. This book brings together essays that he has written on the Vietnam War and on its relationship to international law, American foreign policy, and the global world order. Falk argues that only a stronger adherence to international law can save the world from such future tragedies and create a sustainable world order.

Foreword
the harmful legacy of lawlessness in Vietnam Richard Falk
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I. The US Role in Vietnam and International Law
1. A Vietnam settlement
the view from Hanoi
2. US in Vietnam
rationale and law
3. International law and the United States role in the Vietnam War
4. International law and the United States role in Vietnam
A Response to Professor Moore
5. The six legal dimensions of the United States involvement in the Vietnam War
Part II. War and War Crimes
6. Appropriating Tet
7. Son My
war crimes and individual responsibility
8. The Cambodian Operation and international law
Part III. The Vietnam War and the Nuremberg Principles
9. The Nuremberg Defense in the Pentagon Papers case
10. A Nuremberg perspective on the trial of Karl Armstrong
11. Telford Taylor and the legacy of Nuremberg
Part IV. The Legacy of the Vietnam War
12. Learning from Vietnam
13. The Vietnam syndrome
from the Gulf of Tonkin to Iraq
14. 'The Vietnam Syndrome' the Kerrey Revelations raise anew issues of morality and military power
15. Why the legal debate on the Vietnam War still matters
Index.