"Is a nation ever justified in attacking before it has been attacked? If so, under precisely what conditions? Does the possibility of terrorists with weapons of mass destruction force us to change our traditional views about what counts as defense? This book provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the justifiability of preemptive or preventive military action. Its engaging debate, accompanied by an analytic Introduction, focuses probing criticism of the most persuasive proponents of preemptive attack or preventive war, who then respond to these challenges and modify or extend their justifications."--BOOK JACKET.Shue, Henry is the author of 'Preemption', published 2007 under ISBN 9780199233137 and ISBN 0199233136.