casus belli

(redirected from Pretext for War)
Also found in: Dictionary, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • noun

Words related to casus belli

an event used to justify starting a war

Related Words

References in periodicals archive ?
When a CIA spokesperson declared "they attacked us," that person was alluding to the official declaration that the complex operation that brought down the three World Trade Center buildings and damaged an (undefended) Pentagon was planned and executed by fanatics from al-Qaeda, a pretext for war (including drone strikes) that never has had but the most flimsy evidence.
But we had alternatives, and much of what happened in the aftermath was the result of the choices that the Bush administration made in turning the attack into a pretext for war in Iraq and an assault on our liberties and traditional values regarding torture and the rule of law.
He concludes there's no basis to the assertion--not that it matters to the White House, which deliberately misconstrues his report as one more pretext for war.
The theory of "democratic peace" provides a pretext for war.
By the fall of 2002, the Bush administration had latched onto Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for war.
Now they're backing Sunni extremists who support al Qaeda to "contain Iranian power" and trying to provoke Iran's Shia government into providing them with a pretext for war.
Reg Keys, the father of one of six Army Red Caps killed by an Iraqi mob in June 2003 said British soldiers had been misled by a false pretext for war.
They may not word it that way, but one Arab in Iraq has become the symbolic pretext for war on the lands and in the homes of the Iraqi people.
Supposedly an expose of how the Bush Administration abused our intelligence agencies and twisted intelligence reporting to justify war with Iraq, A Pretext for War fails to support its principal thesis in sufficient detail to carry much weight.
James Bamford, whose recent book, A Pretext for War, reveals that the CIA failed "to recruit a single source within bin Laden's growing Afghanistan operation," supplies a more precise definition of what 1 meant by the word "few.