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  • Just War Theory and ISIS

    09/13/2014 10:07:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | September 13, 2014 | Steve Deace
    In our constitutional republic there are two criteria for determining if an action by government is moral and/or legal. Would U.S. military action against ISIS, which has become the face of evil in the world at the moment, meet that criteria? The first criteria is the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God." This requires the action committed by government to be moral, which means to be in accordance with natural law. This natural law requires military action to be morally justified given the human toll at stake. Dating all the way back to Augustine's City of God, this is what's...
  • Explaining the Vatican’s surprising pro-US line on Iraq John Allen-Boston Globe link only)

    08/12/2014 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | John Allen
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  • Syria: Should We Intervene?

    09/09/2013 12:12:15 PM PDT · by edwinland · 14 replies
    First things ^ | September 9, 2013 | R.R. Reno
    Symbolic killing: It’s a repulsive notion. Gang bangers do it, using killing as a rite of initiation. Shoot someone to show resolve. ... Totalitarian states do it. What they lack in legitimacy they make up for with fear, preserving the credibility of their threats to destroy all dissent. Is our public debate about launching some sort of military demonstration of power in Syria any different? The President doesn’t want to do anything of consequence—but he doesn’t want to be seen as doing nothing. ... I’m not a pacifist, far from it. There are times when military force should be used,...
  • Christian Just War V. Islamic Jihad

    10/24/2012 10:11:32 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Right Side news ^ | October 24th, 2012 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    One of mankind’s first recorded discussions concerning morality in warfare is found in Thucydides’ passage in his master work, the Peloponnesian Wars (431-404 B.C.), wherein Athenian commanders, who possessed overwhelming force, approached their adversary before commencing the battle with a surrender ultimatum stating that they would hear no protestations about justice, rather the weaker adversary must consider the incontestable facts of the situation and surrender. In other words, ‘the strong do as they will, and the weak do as they must.’ Obviously these ancients dismissed the concept of restraint in war as irrelevant. To their way of thinking, after the...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - May Individuals Become Soldiers?

    04/15/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    May Individuals Become Soldiers? 1184. What view does the Church take of a soldier killing another so-called enemy soldier? The Catholic Church takes the view that if the soldier knew quite well that the cause of his own country was unjust, he would be guilty of murder, unless he were acting solely in individual self-defense against some individual soldier of the enemy forces. If, however, he did not have certain knowledge that his own country's cause was unjust, he would be free from personal guilt in obeying his officers and fighting for victory, even though it meant his killing enemy...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Morality of War

    04/01/2012 11:45:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Morality of War 1178. Is war justifiable under any circumstances according to the will of Christ? If all men did the will of Christ there would be no war. But if some people refuse to do the will of Christ, those who desire to fulfill His will may be compelled to fight and may quite lawfully do so. 1179. Did not Christ counsel meekness, and say that if we are smitten on one cheek, we should turn the other? An individual is free to practice heroic meekness where his own rights are concerned, if he so desires. But, when smitten...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholic Attitude Towards Capitalism

    12/08/2011 8:33:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholic Attitude Towards Capitalism 1113. Is it not a fact that the Church even opposes many wise reforms merely from ignorance or unwillingness to accept up-to-date ideas? That is not a fact. The Church has many of her clergy devoting their lives to sociological study, who are experts in such subjects. They are neither ignorant, nor in the least unwilling to abandon out-of-date ideas. But they insist upon weighing new ideas on their own merits and if they oppose some of them, they but seem to be opposing wise ideas to those who have not sufficiently studied the matter. 1114....
  • The Death of Bin Laden: Legitimate and Illegitimate Rejoicing

    05/23/2011 12:14:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | May 11, 2011 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    The Death of Bin Laden: Legitimate and Illegitimate Rejoicing Written by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo    May 11, 2011 Share Tweet The extraordinary feat of the Navy Seals taking the compound where Bin Laden was hiding by surprise, and killing him, gave rise to manifestations of joy among numerous people who saw themselves free from an implacable enemy of the nation and because justice had been served on the mastermind of the 9/11 attack which killed 2,977 people, mostly Americans.1 It Is Not Licit to Rejoice at the Harm Suffered by Fellow Human Beings… Following this spontaneous explosion of jubilee...
  • The Death of Osama bin Laden

    05/22/2011 5:11:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 05/18/2011 | George Weigel
    The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the war against jihadism, a war bin Laden had declared against the United States in a 1996 fatwa that mandated the killing of Americans wherever they could be targeted. But it did take one key leader of jihadist Islam off the global strategic chessboard. The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the civil war within Islam over the proper interpretation of Islamic law and the right relationship of Muslims to those who are “other.” But it did continue the dymythologization of bin Laden and his alleged invincibility, a myth...
  • Justice for bin Laden? ‘Justice has been done,’ states President Obama, and just-war scholars agree

    05/05/2011 12:52:52 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    NCR ^ | 05/04/2011 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    WASHINGTON — The term “just-war doctrine” never surfaced in President Obama’s announcement Sunday night that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden. But his precise remarks underscored the U.S. government’s awareness that the world would scrutinize the killing of the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks from many different vantage points, including the just-war doctrine. Introduced by St. Augustine of Hippo, this doctrine has traditionally provided the moral framework for guiding and evaluating “the just defense of a nation against an aggressor.” It does not directly address the issue of individual or collective guilt of the aggressor, or how a just...
  • Libya and the Doctrine of Justifiable Rebellion

    04/24/2011 4:28:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | Mar 14, 2011 | Robert Struble, Jr.
    [1]The revolutions in North Africa this year call to mind the old controversy about revolution, and whether citizens can rightly rebel against their long established government. Insofar as the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi has escalated all the way to civil war, Libya (as distinguished from Egypt and Tunisia) offers a sort of laboratory test on the issue of whether a citizen can rightly take up arms against a corrupt regime. A Medieval Islamic proverb takes submissiveness on the part of oppressed citizens to its logical extreme: “Sixty years of tyranny are better than an hour of civil strife.” Rejecting this...
  • US Bishops: Military Intervention In Libya "Appears To Meet" Key Just-War Standard

    03/29/2011 3:52:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies ^ | March 29,2011 | CatholicCulture
    Military intervention in Libya, in the judgment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “appears to meet” the just-cause criterion of Catholic teaching on just war. The USCCB, however, cautioned that it has “refrained from making definitive judgments” in light of “many prudential decisions beyond our expertise.” “In Catholic teaching the use of force must always be a last resort that serves a just cause,” Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote in a letter to National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church limits just...
  • America's Unjust Revolution: What British Tyranny? (Was the American Revolution a Just War?)

    09/19/2010 9:50:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 09/13/2010 | John Keown
    EXCERPT : ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Imagine that thousands of American citizens, wanting to leave the mainland in search of a better life and to populate a large, uninhabited island a thousand miles off the west coast of the U.S., petition the U.S. Government to live on the island under U.S. jurisdiction, ruled by a Federal Governor. The Government agrees. No sooner have the emigrants planted the Stars and Stripes on the island than they strike gold, build up a healthy trade with the mainland, and become hugely wealthy. However, the Japanese, wanting to expand their sphere of influence and enrich their coffers,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PACIFISM, 08-20-10

    08/20/2010 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 08-20-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PACIFISM The doctrine that all war is inherently wrong and, among Christians, that warfare is forbidden by the Gospels. The position of the Catholic Church is that war is, indeed, undesirable and that sinful passions give rise to war, but not all armed conflict is necessarily sinful and Christians may engage in a just war. (Etym. Latin pacificare, to make peace.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Bishops’ Bomb (What happens when Catholic Church leadership abandons just-war theory?)

    06/16/2010 6:48:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 290+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/16/2010 | John Andrews
    In the months preceding the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, which reshaped the principles governing the size and purpose of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was busy at work. Its Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development issued various position papers urging the administration to drastically reduce the role and size of the arsenal. Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore, previously Archbishop for the Military Services, took the message to venues ranging from a deterrence conference hosted by U.S. Strategic Command (the command responsible for nuclear-strike operations) to the Global Zero Summit in Paris. Bishop Howard...
  • If You Want Peace, Prepare for War (Is losing the Faith a greater evil than nuclear destruction?)

    04/24/2010 4:00:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 228+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Friday, 12 March 2010 | Written by The American TFP
    If You Want Peace, Prepare for War Written by The American TFP    Friday, 12 March 2010 16:31 Why We Cannot Cut Our Nuclear Arsenal Without the World Returning to Ethical Principles For years now, nuclear disarmament (even unilateral disarmament) has been vehemently debated in Catholic intellectual circles. Since the Obama Administration is now negotiating a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the Russian Federation and this Catholic debate influences to some extent the realm of public policy, it seems opportune for the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property—TFP to pronounce itself on the...
  • I shot US abortion doctor to protect children, Scott Roeder tells court

    01/28/2010 12:16:12 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 420 replies · 3,643+ views
    Guardian ^ | 28 January 2010 | Ed Pilkington
    A self-proclaimed born-again Christian who believes all abortions are a sin told his trial for murder today that he shot dead an abortion doctor in Wichita, Kansas, to protect unborn children. Scott Roeder said he had bought a .22-calibre Taurus gun and ammunition on 30 May 2009, the day before he shot George Tiller, and practised target shooting with his brother. Then he checked into a motel in Wichita, and the next day followed Tiller to the church in the town where the doctor was an usher. His defence lawyer asked: "Did you go and shoot Dr Tiller?" Roeder replied:...
  • Obama Defends "Just War" in Nobel Speech; Says Non-Violence Would Not Have Stopped Hitler - Video

    12/10/2009 6:15:46 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 658+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 10, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of a short part of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which he delivered in Oslo, Norway today. In this clip, Obama defended the necessity of war at times, and even came right out and said "a non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies." President Obama should be commended for making the case for "just war" in front of a European audience that may have been shocked (as shocked as we are) to hear him make that case, and even defend the role of the United States in underpinning post- World War II stability with...
  • Principles of the Just War

    12/06/2009 7:18:50 AM PST · by narses · 492 replies · 3,790+ views
    A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the...
  • Radio Replies First Volume - The Catholic Attitude to War

    12/04/2009 9:22:46 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 473+ views ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Catholic attitude to war 1557. You speak of a Christian solution of social troubles, but did not the Great War show the utter failure of Christianity altogether? No. Christianity did not fail. The nations failed to observe Christian principles, a totally different thing. When I say the nations, I mean those in political control of their destinies, and the general outlook of the peoples concerned. Many individuals who fought were excellent Christians, believing the cause of their own country to be just and defending the right as they conceived it with the highest motives. And this on both sides....
  • Serving in the IDF, 'for the sake of God and Jesus'

    07/24/2009 8:28:12 AM PDT · by JesusBmyGod · 24 replies · 923+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 24, 2009 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    Jesus supports the IDF and he wants his believers to be the best soldiers they can be. That was the message conveyed by members of the local Messianic Jewish community via sacred texts, prayer and talks, to a group of 18-year-olds who took part this week in a premilitary program called Netsor. "I am a soldier of God," said Boris, an intense redhead accepted to an elite combat unit, who is one of the 28 young men and women who participated in Netsor. "I will do my best during my service in the IDF to serve God spiritually and physically....
  • Just War According to Catholic Teaching

    06/04/2009 10:46:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 541+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Last Updated ( Friday, June 27 2008 ) | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    Just War According to Catholic Teaching Written by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo    Thursday, April 10 2003 The Church teaches that military action is justified as a means of re-establishing order. After the brutal September 11 attacks, the United States must once again wage a war in a foreign land.As always, the problem of the legitimacy of using military action for revenge as a means of re-establishing justice comes to the fore. Thus, it is in the interest of our readers to bring to their attention the traditional Catholic doctrine on the subject.Saint Augustine (354-430)The great Saint Augustine provided the...
  • I Beg You Not to Be Misled by Confusion and Lies

    04/14/2009 12:08:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 28 replies · 686+ views
    The Crossroads ^ | October 6, 2008 | Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist. E.D. Bishop of Scranton
    "I Beg You Not to Be Misled by Confusion and Lies" Scranton Bishop's Letter for Respect Life Sunday Here is the text of the pastoral letter Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, PA released ahead of Respect Life Sunday, October 6, 2008.  The bishop asked the letter to be read at all Masses over the weekend in place of the homily, and a copy placed in all parish bulletins.  He makes clear that though Catholics should not engage in single-issue voting, that all moral issues are to be accorded the same weight in determining how to cast one's ballot in the upcoming elections. ...
  • Judaism And Warfare (Steven Plaut Sets Straight The Jewish Understanding Of Just War Alert)

    01/21/2009 2:31:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/21/2009 | Steven Plaut
    Judaism And Warfare , Steven Plaut Dear Dr. H: You write about how Judaism is devoted to the pursuit of peace. You bring assorted citations from the Bible and Psalms about how nice peace can be. You emphasize that Judaism grants peace priority over competing goals. You find biblical quote after biblical quote about how good peace is. You then conclude that Israel is behaving in a manner that contradicts Jewish tradition when it wars against Hamas barbarism and Gaza terror. Israel must pursue "negotiations" with Hamas, you insist, citing the biblical desire for peace as the over-riding consideration. That...
  • Guess Who Cares About Dead Palestinians? Jews! (Israel's War In Gaza Is A Moral War Alert)

    01/12/2009 9:23:56 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 996+ views ^ | 1/13/2009 | Dennis Prager
    For those individuals -- such as nearly all members of the world news media -- who, in light of Israel's invasion of Gaza -- see moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians, here are some clarifying thoughts. First, it would be difficult nearly to the point of impossibility, to find Israeli or other Jews who celebrate the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Jews both within and outside of Israel cringe when they see pictures of dead Palestinian men, women, and children in Gaza. For thousands of years at their Passover seders, Jews have removed wine from their cups to ceremonially weep...
  • Leashing the dogs of war

    12/31/2008 7:41:08 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 10 replies · 534+ views
    WAR HAS always had rules, even if only to protect the dead. In The Iliad, for example, Homer tells us that Achilles' desecration of Hector's corpse angered the gods. Medieval churchmen sought to limit warfare to certain days of the week and evolved an entire just war theology to constrain the use of armed force. By the Age of Reason, international law "publicists" were busily expounding on the subject, and the 20th century opened with a substantial body of law governing both the right to initiate combat (jus ad bellum) and how armed force is applied (jus in bello). These...
  • St. Thomas Aquinas on Just War

    04/03/2008 4:56:35 PM PDT · by hanfei · 7 replies · 1,145+ views
    Summa Theologica ^ | St. Thomas Aquinas
    Question 40. War Is some kind of war lawful? Is it lawful for clerics to fight? Is it lawful for belligerents to lay ambushes? Is it lawful to fight on holy days? Article 1. Whether it is always sinful to wage war? Objection 1. It would seem that it is always sinful to wage war. Because punishment is not inflicted except for sin. Now those who wage war are threatened by Our Lord with punishment, according to Matthew 26:52: "All that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Therefore all wars are unlawful. Objection 2. Further, whatever is contrary...
  • St. Augustin on Just War

    04/03/2008 4:48:38 PM PDT · by hanfei · 1 replies · 55+ views
    The Harmony of the Gospels, Book I Chapter 26. Of the Fact that Idolatry Has Been Subverted by the Name of Christ, and by the Faith of Christians According to the Prophecies. 40. For truly what is thus effected by Christians is not a thing which belongs only to Christian times, but one which was predicted very long ago. Those very Jews who have remained enemies to the name of Christ, and regarding whose destined perfidy these prophetic writings have not been silent, do themselves possess and peruse the prophet who says: "O Lord my God, and my refuge in...
  • Candidates say Scripture justifies war

    09/02/2007 5:04:30 AM PDT · by Clear Rivers · 33 replies · 909+ views
    Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | September 2, 2007 | Jason Spencer
    If you happened to be in a crowded room at The Beacon Drive-In one Wednesday in late August, you would have heard a man in a suit reference Genesis Chapter 50, the book of Isaiah, and using two fish and five loaves of bread to feed thousands of people. It wasn't a sermon. It was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential contender, during a stump speech in front of a room full of Republicans. Using biblical references on the campaign trail isn't unusual, especially in the conservative core of South Carolina. Often, they can be heard when candidates...
  • A just war against the murderers in our midst

    07/15/2007 11:29:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 995+ views
    The Observer ^ | July 15, 2007 | Henry Porter
    Our way of life is tolerant, spirited and full of humour. We should make no apologies for fighting the moral descendants of Stalin and Hitler who would destroy it On a rare dry evening last week I walked to a meeting in London. The streets were full and the pubs overflowing with drinkers, many of whom are on the pavements because of the smoking ban: people having a good time at the end of an average working day, smiling and joshing each other. Too often we forget that we have built a successful and good-natured society over the last 10...
  • Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense

    07/11/2007 5:47:22 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 6 replies · 444+ views
    When Ayn Rand wrote about the moral code she originated, the code of rational self-interest, she stressed that morality is a matter of life and death. The right ethics, she held, leads to individual (and societal) survival, prosperity, happiness; the wrong ethics leads to misery, poverty, death. This is true in every field but is especially true in the realm of war, as the present struggle has made clear. We are losing the war on Islamic Totalitarianism because our leadership, political and military, is crippled by the morality of altruism, embodied in the tenets of Just War Theory. The moral...
  • Sometimes You Have to Fight: A Chesteronian Perspective

    11/28/2006 10:45:20 AM PST · by Antoninus · 39 replies · 1,204+ views
    Catholic Men's Quarterly ^ | Fall 2006 | Dale Ahlquist
    Don’t ask me what I think of the war. I’ll tell you anyway. I won’t tell you what you want to hear. I won’t tell you whether I am for or against it. I will tell you only that I think the same way G. K. Chesterton thinks about the war. Which war? Any war. I refer to his position because, curiously enough, it coincides with the Catholic Church’s position. We all know all the arguments against killing. And even against fighting. The Bible is pretty clear. Thou shall not kill. If your enemy strikes you on one cheek, offer...
  • Iraq War Debate at Seminary (Just War versus Pacifism)

    11/10/2006 7:37:46 PM PST · by xzins · 25 replies · 323+ views
    IRD ^ | Ray Nothstine
    Iraq War Debated at Asbury Seminary Ray Nothstine Two teachers at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky debated the Iraq War at a forum on the campus in early October. Philosophy of Religion Professor Jerry Walls defended traditional Christian just war teachings, and affirmed that those teachings could justify the Iraq War. Philosophical Theology Professor Charles Gutenson affirmed pacifism and opposed the Iraq War, even though he supports unspecified ?police? actions that involve lethal force. Asbury Seminary hosts more United Methodist students than any other school. Professor Walls emphasized the enormous danger of what he dubbed ?Islamic Jihadists? by quoting...
  • Holy Hombres [Catholicism & Just War)

    10/16/2006 1:30:33 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 3 replies · 265+ views
    Catholic Men's Quarterly ^ | October 2006 | Father J. Patrick Serna
    “I have come to light a fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited!” Luke 12:49 “Hombre’ – noun. A man. A fellow. A man among men.” There lived, and there live today, Holy Hombres. Since Holy Hombres will be the focus of this light reflection, we must first look at the greatest lady who stood behind the most important man of all time, and even non-time. “Behind every great man, there is a woman,” says the adage, and we can certainly apply this adage to the God Man, Jesus Christ. We Catholics recently celebrated a great...
  • Disarming righteousness

    08/08/2006 9:14:04 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 494+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 8, 2006 | Alan Keyes
    As a Roman Catholic I believe the words of the Holy Father must be treated with the utmost respect, particularly when it comes to issues of faith and moral judgment. At the same time, respect for reason is one of the hallmarks of the Catholic tradition, which has never embraced the notion that faith involves the sacrifice of intellect. It must be a special challenge, therefore, when a statement by the Holy Father about the consequences of moral principle appears to fail the test of logical reasoning. According to media reports, when speaking to a gathering of pilgrims in St....
  • David Warren: A horrible truth [just war - the way we fight must be reconsidered]

    08/08/2006 5:20:21 AM PDT · by Tolik · 36 replies · 1,213+ views ^ | August 6, 2006 | David Warren
    I’ve touched upon “just war” several times in this space, during the last few weeks. I will continue touching it today. The issue is already an urgent one; its significance can only grow in the foreseeable future, as the encounter between fanatical Islam and the West spreads from mere terror incidents to open guerrilla warfare on various fronts.We see in the Middle East just now, how the conflagration is spreading. Hezbollah enjoyed little support in the Arab world, when it kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, and began firing rockets at an unprecedented rate into northern Israel. The Arabs feared Hezbollah’s aggressive...
  • Ethics of War - Judaism

    07/31/2006 10:17:59 AM PDT · by mjp · 15 replies · 661+ views
    Judaism does not regard violence and war to promote justice as always wrong. It accepts that certain kinds of war will be ethically justified, and that it is sometimes morally acceptable to kill people. Before declaring war or starting a battle there must be a genuine attempt to make peace and avoid the conflict. Jewish law only permits combatants to be deliberately killed in war. Innocent civilians must be given every opportunity to leave the field of combat before a battle starts. Old Testament In much of the Old Testament God gives his clear approval to war. He is identified...
  • Fighting the wolves at the gate

    07/20/2006 3:49:03 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 5 replies · 180+ views
    One Hand Clapping ^ | July 20, 2006 | John Krenson
    Fighting the wolves at the gate by John Krenson The shepherd tends his flock at night as the wolves are ever present. He increases his control of the space around his pastures to establish a buffer for his sheep; to keep the wolves out of range. Finally he yields some of that space back to the wolves only to see the attacks against his sheep increase to the point that he begins to lose them to the wolves. What do we expect shepherds to do? We expect them to protect their sheep - to provide tranquility for their grazing and...
  • Fouad Ajami Says US-Led Invasion of Iraq Was A Noble War

    07/08/2006 5:05:38 PM PDT · by Valin · 27 replies · 1,473+ views
    VOA ^ | 6/28/06 | Judith Latham
    Author Fouad Ajami Says US-Led Invasion of Iraq Was A Noble War By Judith Latham Fouad Ajami, director of the Middle East Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University, comes from a Shi’a family in Lebanon. Professor Ajami is the author of numerous books on the Middle East, the latest of which is The Foreigner’s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq - to be published in July. Unlike many Arab intellectuals, Professor Ajami is a strong advocate of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He says the war in Iraq was a “noble war” and a “gift”...
  • Thank God For Moral Violence (Dennis Prager On Why The Use Of Force IS Sometimes A Moral Good Alert)

    07/04/2006 1:41:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 1,565+ views ^ | 07/04/06 | Dennis Prager
    Let us make war on the phrase "violence doesn't solve anything." It is a lie, and anyone who utters it cannot be taken morally seriously. Take, for example, the American use of violence against the Taliban. Thanks to it, Afghani women may get an education, attend public events without a male escort and otherwise ascend above their prior status as captive animals. Thanks to American violence in Afghanistan, Islamic terror has started to decline in prestige among many Muslims who had previously romanticized it. Though many Muslims still glorify Muslims who blow themselves up in order to murder Jews and...
  • Weldon: WMD discovery justifies invasion

    06/30/2006 6:13:55 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 85 replies · 2,665+ views
    Delco Times ^ | June 30, 2006 | William Bender
    U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon presided over a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday in which the commander of the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) acknowledged that the degraded chemical munitions revealed in last week’s report constitute weapons of mass destruction. While the usefulness of the approximately 500 pre-Gulf War munitions is disputed by weapons experts, Weldon said in his opening statement their discovery over the past three years justifies the March 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime. "I want to be absolutely clear about what we are talking about here. These 500 chemical munitions are weapons of mass...
  • Silenced Trappist struggled with obedience [Thomas Merton]

    05/11/2006 1:29:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 529+ views
    CatholicOnline ^ | 05-07-02 | Father Robert Nugent
    Silenced Trappist struggled with obedience while trying to lead the church on peace By Father Robert Nugent5/7/2006 America ( YORK (America) - Thomas Merton spent almost half his life in the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky. Strict silence was an integral part of the Trappist way of life when he entered in 1941. Merton took readily to the rule of strict silence, but circumvented it when necessary. By the mid-1960’s the Second Vatican Council’s renewal of religious life reached even contemplative orders, relaxing the rigorous observance of silence. During that time, Merton experienced a...
  • Semi-vanity: Are some evangelicals going pacifist? (Unusual anti-war arguments ALERT!)

    04/06/2006 3:52:23 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 48 replies · 554+ views
    Rapture Ready ^ | 7 April 2006 | NZerFromHK
    This is something I found on a Christian forum written by an evangelical Christian: --------------------------------------------------------- "In 1992, I graduate high school and went off to the Marines. I grew up in a Baptist church, where we would say the pledge during church and honor veterans during Memorial Day and July 4th holidays. We believed in “just war”. I grew up believing it was God’s will to fight for America, we were one nation under God and it was honorable and Biblical to do anything and everything to defend God’s nation. I served my four years as an 1833. That’s the...

    01/20/2006 12:32:25 PM PST · by servant675 · 257+ views
    Catholic Messages USA - Resources/News/Directory ^ | Jan. 1, 2006 | Vincent Bemowski
    "JUST" WARS & DOUBLE-TONGUED DEMOCRATS On May 2, 2003 Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, (Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) stated: “He (John Paul II) did not impose this position ('Iraq War not necessary') as doctrine of the Church but as the appeal of a conscience enlightened by faith” (Zenit News Agency). Unlike many U.S. Democrats, Pope John Paul's thoughts on the Iraq War were not voiced in an arrogant, judgmental manner. He loved America, and praised President George W. Bush's moral leadership (Zenit News - June 4, 2004). Pope John Paul II never praised...
  • A Moral War: The project in Iraq can succeed, and leave its critics scrambling.

    12/05/2005 8:20:53 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 2 replies · 554+ views
    Victon Davis Hanson On The Web - Private Papers ^ | December 02, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The project in Iraq can succeed, and leave its critics scrambling. Almost everything that is now written about Iraq rings not quite right: It was a “blunder”; there should have been far more troops there; the country must be trisected; we must abide by a timetable and leave regardless of events on the ground; Iraq will soon devolve into either an Islamic republic or another dictatorship; the U.S. military is enervated and nearly ruined; and so on. [snip] Strangely, I doubt whether very many would agree with much of anything stated above — at least for now. But if the...
  • Joe Wilson: Bush Right to Attack Iraq

    12/05/2005 5:10:54 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 24 replies · 1,213+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 4 December 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    "There was a lot of reason to be concerned about weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein," he told WABC Radio's Mark Simone. "I always thought that he probably had chemical and biological weapons and biological precursors as well."
  • A Moral War

    12/02/2005 6:24:31 AM PST · by Semper Paratus · 22 replies · 1,055+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The project in Iraq can succeed, and leave its critics scrambling. Almost everything that is now written about Iraq rings not quite right: It was a “blunder”; there should have been far more troops there; the country must be trisected; we must abide by a timetable and leave regardless of events on the ground; Iraq will soon devolve into either an Islamic republic or another dictatorship; the U.S. military is enervated and nearly ruined; and so on. In fact, precisely because we have killed thousands of terrorists, trained an army, and ensured a political process, it is possible to do...
  • Dalai Lama endorses just wars but not in case of Tibet

    11/05/2005 8:05:59 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 29 replies · 999+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 4, 2005 | AFP
    SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) - Waging war for the cause of freedom can be justified but not in the case of Tibet's dream of autonomy from China, the Dalai Lama told an audience at Stanford University. During the first of a two-day visit to the university in the state of California, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader Tenzin Gyatso touched on topics ranging from television viewing to abortion, cloning and the idea of just wars. The allied victory in World War II "saved Western civilization," and conflicts fought in Korea and Vietnam were honorable from a moral standpoint, the 14th Dalai...
  • US bishops mark anniversary of atomic bombings, condemn ‘total war’

    08/04/2005 7:21:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 260 replies · 2,443+ views
    CNS ^ | 08.04.05
    US bishops mark anniversary of atomic bombings, condemn ‘total war’Washington DC, Aug. 04, 2005 (CNA) - The 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provides an opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the Second World War and to recommit to efforts for a lasting peace built on justice, said the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “Hiroshima and Nagasaki are permanent reminders to the entire human family of the grave consequences of total war,” said USCCB president Bishop William Skylstad yesterday in a letter to Bishop Augustinus Jun-ichi Nomura, president of the bishops’ conference of Japan.The...
  • This War Is Worth Fighting

    06/16/2005 8:53:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 884+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2005 | George F. Will
    Exasperated by pessimism about the "war on drugs," John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says: Washington is awash with lobbyists hired by businesses worried that government may, intentionally or inadvertently, make them unprofitable. So why assume that trade in illicit drugs is the one business that government, try as it might, cannot seriously injure? Here is why: When Pat Moynihan was an adviser to President Richard Nixon, he persuaded the French government to break the "French connection" by which heroin came to America. Moynihan explained his achievement to Labor Secretary George Shultz, who...