casus belli

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an event used to justify starting a war

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In 2002, when the Lebanese constructed a pipeline on the River Wazzani intended to supply households in southern Lebanon with water, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared the action a causus belli.
He shows how women, who were the causus belli of most serious duels, were defended in this system of gallantry only in their capacity as the possessions and child-bearers of their "noble" consorts, and he provides a thorough account of dueling etiquette and the hardware gentlemen used in their affairs of honor.
Not only did the academy lose many of its cherished sons-about 300 West Pointers died in Southeast Asia-but when Americans grew weary of the conflict, their hostility inevitably was directed at the academy, as though it was the causus belli rather than an instrument of the war.