The Bush administration's legal case for attacking Iraq is causing considerable consternation in the international bar. Under the U.N. Charter, use of force against another country is legal in self-defense or by authorization of the Security Council. The administration has cited both to legitimize the war. But most controversial is the notion that the attack is justified under the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive self-defense.
Bush Doctrine: New Kind of Threat?
March 25, 2003