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To: samvak
Augustine's criteria for just war pre-date the Westphalian system of the nation-state. As such, they clearly are not legalistic, but instead moral-ethical guidelines derived from the Christian faith. They require the use of judgment informed by the same faith from which they are derived for proper application. It was never intended to be applied or interpreted by lawyers or bureaucrats, but instead by religious leaders and national rulers presumed to be operating from a common base of faith and values.

A laundry list of specific criteria, while certainly beloved of lawyers, would be both too permissive and too limiting. The sample criteria includes such concepts as a nation's honor--which could be stretched to apply to some very dubious situations. At the same time, a specific set of criteria as proposed will never cover all situations. Classic just war theory remains appropriate.

2 posted on 11/22/2003 6:53:46 AM PST by mark502inf
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To: mark502inf
A laundry list of specific criteria, while certainly beloved of lawyers, would be both too permissive and too limiting.

Not really-- we know exactly how these rules will be applied:

a) Every act of self-defense by the US will be labeled aggression and a war-crime;

b) Every excuse will made for every attacker of the US until the US addresses the "root causes" of terrorism by submitting to the "will of the international community".

In terms of their goals, the terrorists are now working hand-in-hand with the Eurocrats and the UN in order to demonstrate that "unilateralism" is a failure by blaming US policy for every terror attack, thererby to force the US to go back to giving the UN and the Eurons a veto over our actions.

3 posted on 11/22/2003 9:36:17 AM PST by pierrem15
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