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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: 4/4/2003 2:19:45 PM
Name or Pseudonym: Chris
Subject: This war

No one supports "war." But there are times when war is necessary and justifiable, as stated by Sts. Aquinas, Augustine, and others. Take the Crusades for example: you had a group of people attacking, raping, torturing, and murdering other people, men women and children, in other nations, it’s own civilians, and anyone not of their religion. Conversion by the sword was common place. Pope Urban II called upon Christendom to work together to end the scurge through war.

Today, we have a group of people attacking, raping, torturing, and murdering others; men, women, and children, in other nations (Kuwait, Khurdistan, the US, Israel, Somalia and more), their own civilians, and anyone not of their own religion or political persuasion.

If the Crusades were just (and make no mistake, they certainly were), then this war is entirely just too. And the evidence is mounting against Saddam’s regime - links between terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, are solidifying; the presence of chemical weapons has been proven, and the list of resolutions broken - not just assumed, but actually broken, is growing every day.

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