War, in its juridical sense, is a contention carried on by force of arms between sovereign states, or communities having in this regard the right of states.
The right of war is the right of a sovereign state to wage a contention at arms against another, and is in its analysis an instance of the generalmoral power of coercion, i.e.
The source of the right of war is the natural law which confers upon states, as upon individuals, the moral powers or rights which are the necessary means to the essential purpose set by the natural law for the individual and the State to accomplish.
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