Challenges to non-combatant immunity
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The previous chapter considered some of the issues that arise in relation to the principle of non-combatant immunity, such as how this translates into claims about the distribution of risk, and the moral significance of intending harm compared to foreseeing harm. In this chapter we shall look at the difficulty of explaining or justifying the principle of non-combatant immunity itself. We shall focus on attempts to distinguish combatants from non-combatants, and will consider whether there is a plausible criterion that explains why combatants may be attacked, but non-combatants may not.