Necessary War Doctrine
Progressive Revolution Theory
Necessary War Doctrine is a doctrine of military ethics and tactical ethos devised by Peter Gaffney and heavily developed by Karolina Wilson. Created to counter the theory of Just War, which Gaffney is heavily critical of, Necessary War Doctrine establishes that there is no such thing as a justified war regardless of the reasons or events of a conflict. The Doctrine asserts that even if not non-combatants are killed or physically injured during the course of the conflict, at least one civilian must experience serious psychological trauma as a result of the loss of friend or relative, destruction of property or the simple horror of a war in their homeland. As such, the theories of Just War cannot be applied to any armed conflict. The Doctrine also serves as a basic guideline for Socialist warfare. The absolute basic tenants are outlined below.
Rules of Initiating War
- An armed conflict should only be iniated when the existence of the State, or the safety of the People, is directly threatened.
- An armed conflict should only be iniated with the intention of terminating the threat to the State and People, not for the purpose of conquest or expansion.
- An armed conflict could be iniated to support the great proletarian revolution in other nations.
Rules of War
- It is crucial to minimise casualties on both sides of the conflict to minimise the possibility of long-term damage to individuals or nations.
- Where military action can be undertaken to bring the war to a swift conclusion with minimum casualties, it is acceptable to undertake such action regardless of moral consequences.
- Thermonuclear warfare is absolutely unacceptable for tactical and/or strategic gains.
- It is important to organise the People into an effective fighting force in their own right to defend the homeland when such measures are required.
- It is important to main popular support for the conflict.
- It is essential that, from the very beginning of the conflict, both parties work actively towards a swift resolution by maintaining diplomatic association and open lines of communication.
Rules of Ending War
- Annexation is never acceptable when dealing with rightfully independent nations.
- Any peace agreement should strive to return to the status quo, provided appropriate concessions according to the necessity of the war are made.
- Occupation resulting from war, unless in the event of extreme chaos and dischord within a nation, is never acceptable.
- Where possible, Socialists should strive to encourage the People of the defeated nation to fight for their right to a Socialist society.