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Comparison Essay: How Just Were the U.S.’s Small Wars?
The Just War Theory has two parts. Study the Just War handout and select the two most significant criteria for jus ad bellum and two most significant criteria for jus in bello. With these criteria in mind, select one war from each of your three tables that best meets these criteria. In the essay, you will analyze, compare and rank these three wars.

Write an essay that compares the three small wars and analyzes how well all three meet the four criteria that you believe are most important. Based on this comparison, select the "most just" of the three wars and explain the reasons for the choice. Also, explain why your second choice fell short and were not as just as your first choice but is more just than your third choice.

RUBRIC: A quality essay will
Explain why you selected jus ad bellum and jus in bello the criteria,
Use the four criteria to analyze why the three small wars are "just wars",
Support your analysis of each war with evidence from the Small Wars Wiki,
Rank the three small wars and explain why one war is more just than the other two,
Explain why the second choice fell short compared to the first choice but is more just than the third choice,
Organize you writing in extended power paragraphs,
Identify the source and establish its credibility with an appositive phrase,
Cite evidence internally and in a Works Cited.




Do you need some help getting started?
The essay can be organized as follows:

Paragraph 1: Introduce the Question, the Criteria and the Small Wars
Set up a context for the essay.
1. Explain why you selected the two criteria for jus ad bellum and the two criteria for jus in bello,
2. Identify the three wars.
3. Explain that you will analyze the wars in two ways:
(1) using two jus ad bellum criteria
(2) using two jus in bello criteria

Paragraph 2: Jus ad Bellum argument
Write an extended power paragraph that analyzes the extent to which each of the three wars meets the Jus ad Bellum criteria.

Paragraph 3: Jus in Bello argument
Write an extended power paragraph that analyzes the extent to which each of the three wars meets the Jus in Bello criteria.

Paragraph 4: Rank the three wars and explain why one war is more just than the other two.
You must explain why your first choice is superior as well as why your second is less just than the first but more just than the third choice.