Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands 25 years ago prompting the UK to send a massive flotilla of ships to win them back. There was an overwhelming sense in Britain back then that the war was justified. Argentina’s claim to the Malvinas may have been worth consideration, but when a military dictatorship invades and occupies sovereign territory against the wishes of the people under occupation, this would arguably allow the just war doctrine to be invoked.
The idea of British adventures overseas has soured a little since then, mostly because of Iraq, and the pathetic and disgusting sight of British sailors being paraded on Iranian TV has further taken the wind out of the Brits’ military sails. Still, I think the Falkland’s was a “just war,” although I wish that made me feel better about the 255 British servicemen, 655 Argentines and three islanders who lost their lives. “Just war” is just that: war. And war is always the devil’s business.