For the United States, Britain and France, the idea of a “just war” is not a strange concept.
That’s why the allies from the Second World War are more willing than Germany to take to up the fight against the terror group Islamic State (IS). This week, French President François Hollande characterized the oversized ambition of even forming a “global alliance,” knowing that it could never actually be forged. The phalanx of the unwilling stretches from Russia and China over Syria to Iran.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, meanwhile, is pushing hard for attacks in Iraq. He is under considerable public pressure after the most recent horrific video showed a British victim – but also because a Briton has been employed as a barbaric IS executioner in the desert.