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St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Peace

Does the military action the U.S. is contemplating against Iraq meet the standards of a just war?


Date: 3/29/2003 3:06:50 PM
Name or Pseudonym: Zacchaeus
Subject: invasion of Iraq

A "just war" is a contradiction in terms because the ones who suffer most in any war are innocent civilian residents. Do the ends justify the means? That question is preposterous; THE MEANS ARE THE ENDS. Wars are waged between governments, not citizens (democracy can and is frequently contaminated worldwide). If you insist on using violence to fight violence, you are just as guilty as the guy you are trying to whack. The solution? As has been said many times in the past; war will be become a thing of the past when government becomes worldwide, ie the UN (although it is still not a truly representative body). Jesus affirmed nonviolent love and forgiveness, and didn’t give us clauses and subclauses to get out of our responsibilities. Regarding Iraq being controlled by a bully, America has certainly done its share of pushing people around also. We must pray, forgive, and be charitable at all times; not just when the mood strikes. May God bless!

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