Morality of Foreign Policy

It would appear to be an elementary moral truism that a person should be prepared to apply the same standard of conduct to herself that she applies in condemning the actions of another person as morally wrong. Should this same truism also be applied to larger matters of foreign policy? Some critics of American foreign policy think that the answer is clearly affirmative. Edward Said argues that intellectuals in our own society have such a moral responsibility: “Thus, if we condemn an unprovoked act of aggression by an enemy we should also be able to do the same when our government invades a weaker party.”

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