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The easiest thing to do would be to say it's never justified, but I don't believe this is the case. It's like attacking people physically is almost never justified, but if you are surrounded and outnumbered by armed people with hostile intentions, striking first may be your only hope of survival - you are justified in doing it.

Same goes for states: sometimes a state's survival may depend on a preventive military strike, and in this case the state has to do it. Unfortunately, this is a very fine line, and making the right judgement can be difficult. So this can serve as both a pretext for an unjustified attack, and as a way to condemn and punish a completely justified one. I wish one could lay simple rules as to when it is justified.