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Episode 7. Jeff McMahan on Proportionality

Out of some 1,300 Palestinians killed in Gaza, Israel claims that it can name more than 700 of the dead who were Hamas fighters. Claiming precise knowledge of their targets, Israeli officials insist that their attacks were judiciously planned so as to minimize harm to civilians. No matter how cautious Israel is, though, any attack on its enemies will result in civilian casualties.

Today on Public Ethics Radio, we discuss the role that civilian casualties play in assessing the justice of war.

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