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Just War Theory and Iraq

The Church has historically had two and pretty much only two positions on War. Either pacifism, or what is known as a "just war theory." Started by Augustine and later Aquinas, Just War theory says that in certain settings, going to war may be "the lesser of two evils" and lays out strict guidelines for what those occasions are.
A key tenent of Just War Theory:

"Last Resort.
A state may resort to war only if it has exhausted all plausible, peaceful alternatives to resolving the conflict in question."

And on top of the other evidence that Bush did not meet that key part of the Just War Theory, we just found this out today:

From Think Progress: Bush Made Up His Mind On Iraq Two Months Before Invasion.

"A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion - reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme...read on

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2/07/2006 12:14:00 AM

Too true! I have heard many pundits talking about the "lies" on WMD, but if there were any lies it was here, that we were waiting on weapons inspectors. Ask most soldiers here on the ground and we all know that we were coming to war regardless of inspection results.

I am still unconvinced this was the right thing to do, but an honest appraisal of the global situation needs to address the fact that there is a problem with islamafascism and radical extremism. The republicans are just going to hold the party line and third parties are too ineffective. The democratic party needs to come up with viable, realistic, fresh ideas about how to move forward.    



2/07/2006 08:21:00 PM

Hi Nehemiah:

I very much agree with you on the need for new thinking and new ideas in how we fight terrorism in smarter more effective ways...

Thanks for stopping by and posting...

Tim    



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