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General Assembly: Establishing Principles of War

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Establishing Principles of War
A resolution to slash worldwide military spending.

Category: Global Disarmament
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Cowardly Pacifists


Recalling the commitment of Member Nations to see peace prevail, to avoid military conflict whenever possible, and to shield individuals from unjustifiable injury, hardship and destruction;

Convinced that world nations can and should distinguish between right and wrong actions, even in times of war;

Also convinced that world nations can and should distinguish between just and unjust reasons for pursuing a war;

Aware that the World Assembly lacks a formal position on the principles that ought to inform the use of military force;

Resolved that Member Nations should advance the cause of peace by declaring and adhering to reasonable principles of justice in matters of war and conflict;

Convinced that such measures would obviate needless bloodshed and avoid some of the terrible costs of war;

NOW THEREFORE, the World Assembly hereby establishes the following Principles of War:

1. Last Resort - Member Nations shall only engage in war, if at all, after exhausting all reasonable peaceful alternatives;
2. Declaration - Member Nations must declare their intent to prosecute a war publicly and openly, and must state the cause therefore;
3. Proportionality - Member Nations shall not cause destruction and death disproportionate to the harm that justified the war, and shall refrain from using weapons of disproportionate and indiscriminate destruction;
4. Pursue Peace - The ultimate goal of any war must be to preserve or restore a just peace, and with that consideration in mind wars shall be brought to an end as soon as possible;
5. Futility - Deaths and injuries in the name of a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable, and Member Nations shall refrain from willfully prosecuting war when it becomes clear that further hostilities would be strategically futile;
6. Refrain from Plunder - Member Nations shall not deprive the population of a defeated enemy of the resources they need to survive;
7. Punishment of War Crimes - At the conclusion of a war, an involved Member Nation must take all possible measures to bring war criminals from all sides of the conflict to justice;

IT IS FURTHER DECLARED that Member Nations shall adopt and adhere to the aforementioned principles, and divergence from those principles, without good cause shown, is deemed to constitute a war crime.

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