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The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror. Michael Ignatieff

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The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror. Michael Ignatieff

by Michael Ignatieff

About this title: There is perhaps no greater political challenge today than trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls. Michael Ignatieff confronts this challenge head-on, with the combination of hard-headed idealism, historical sensitivity, and political judgment that has made him one of the most influential voices in international affairs today. Ignatieff argues that we must not shrink from the use of violence--that far from undermining liberal democracy, force can be necessary for its survival. But its use must be measured, not a program of torture and revenge. And we must not fool ourselves that whatever we do in the name of freedom and democracy is good. We may need to kill to fight the greater evil of terrorism, but we must never pretend that doing so is anything better than a lesser evil. In a new preface, Ignatieff discusses political ethics after Abu Ghraib.

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