My own perspective is that only defensive war is justifiable, ala Switzerland. But what if a neighboring nation is committing horrendous crimes? For example allowing slavery?
The North outlawed slavery in the South through invasion and conquest.
Japan outlawed slavery in Korea, Taiwan, and Manchuria through invasion and conquest.
China outlawed slavery in Tibet through invasion and conquest.
Great Britain outlawed slavery in many parts of its empire through invasion and conquest.
Ignoring the fact that ending slavery was not the initial goal of any of these invasions, can ending slavery justify war?
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