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Just War

The ISIS Question

Anna Peterson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Anna Peterson

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Marxists used the phrase "really existing socialism" to distinguish their ideals from abuses committed in the name...

War: Thinking The Unthinkable

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What holds us back? Why have we been so stinting in assisting our Kurdish allies? What is it about this war that the America of Barack Obama, at least for the moment, seems not to really want to win?

Make Love Not War: A Basic Intro to Just War, Pacifism and Just Peacemaking

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

In the broad scope of understanding how we as humans in general, and Christians specifically, are called to live in a world with violence, there are a few big ideas. The first is Just War, the second is Pacifism, and the third is Just Peacemaking.

The Pope, ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy

Gerard Powers | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Gerard Powers

While limited military intervention also seems necessary, we must be brutally realistic about what that might achieve. For most of the past 12 years in Iraq, the United States has bombed, deployed boots on the ground, and trained and armed the security forces.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

"Just" Because: Augustine's Just War and the Ethics of Torture

Russ Pierson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

As Yale law professor Stephen Carter pointed out in an interview on an NPR broadcast Dec. 13, "It strikes me that you can have a program that is immoral and also occasionally produces good information."

Religious Community Skeptical of Lethal Drones

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Currently, the CIA is engaged in the military operations of drone warfare as well as collecting intelligence about how they might be used. An upcoming conference will consider if the CIA should only collect intelligence and not actually be involved in carrying out drone warfare.

ISIS Is Evil, Evil, Evil... So?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Pierre Whalon

We have justifiable pride in our democracy, but without better understanding of the world today, including our own country, we will decline.

Stumbling Toward a Just Peace

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Without question, the complexities we face now are even more difficult to navigate from what those seeking peace during the Cold War encountered. Can "Just Peace" be a model for addressing the messy conflict in Syria and Iraq, which involves the terrorist group ISIS?

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

On Gaza: If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge?

Tobias Winright | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Tobias Winright

When Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in response to cross-border terrorist rocket-fire, European and U.S. leaders endorsed their claim to have just cause. But were they right to do so? Do the on-going attacks conform to just war criteria?

'But They Use Human Shields!'

Gary M. Burge | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Gary M. Burge

The argument "But they use human shields!" has now become a hollow justification for innocent casualties and atrocities in warfare (instead of an explanation), and while many of us suspect that Hamas may be guilty of this, Israel's massive bombardments have now crossed some ethical line.

Iraq: Why Unjust Wars Don't End

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The idea that Iraq is "ours," as conservatives seem to believe, exposes the fundamental moral flaw in the decision to attack a country that had not attacked us. The rest of the world is not ours to do with as we wish.

Why Pacifism Was Modified: Vladimir Putin

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Strict pacifism's weaknesses glare when we review a bygone era that ran on different assumptions: The fascist threat rendered the political Left less dovish in the 1930s.

Chemical War at an Inhuman Remove

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

Any defense of violence, even in the context of just war, must respect the dignity of human persons, both victim and aggressor. If it's necessary to kill in self-defense, we should not use means that divorce us from the soul we are extinguishing.

Is a Military Strike Against Syria Compatible With Just War Morality?

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

From a moral point of view perhaps the best that can be said about the case of Syria is that it has the potential to make us rethink the limitations of traditional just war theory. Alternatives to that theory, however, are not going to be simple, easy, or without moral complexity themselves.

Is There a Moral Argument for Just War in Syria?

Jeff McMahan | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Jeff McMahan

There are many versions of the theory of the just war but all of them agree that even limited belligerent action, such as the "surgical strikes" that the Obama administration is contemplating, must have a "just cause" -- that is, an aim that is not merely good or desirable but actually just.

Just War in Syria?

Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Maryann Cusimano Love, Ph.D.

Syria's deliberate targeting of noncombatants violates international law, as well as ancient moral codes about the use of force, known as Just War tradition. But would U.S. military strikes on Syria, as President Obama is considering, constitute a just response?

Religious Leaders Join Forces to Denounce U.S. Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

During this time of rebirth and renewal, these religious leaders remind us that we must strongly consider how our government conducts itself on behalf of our nation at home and abroad.

10 Years After The Iraq Invasion, We Are Still Morally Responsible For War

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Unfortunately the Iraq War isn't over. Not only is the Iraqi insurgency still going strong and wreaking havoc, but the American veterans returned home from duty are still dying, still suffering, still looking to God for answers.

Where Are All the Moderate Christian Voices?

Carl Medearis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Carl Medearis

These folks don't carry much (or any) political clout.  No one in D.C. is listening to them. They don't have the deep pockets or White House access like the older more conservative clan does.  So no one hears their voices.

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

Prophet Muhammad's Rules of War

Qasim Rashid | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Prophet Muhammad is history's first major figure to condemn collateral damage in word and deed. His advanced rules of war established 1,400 years ago a yet unmatched humanitarian standard. And herein lies the solution to modern conflict.

Paralyzed by Gaza

David Mednicoff | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
David Mednicoff

Just because Israelis and Palestinians have different versions of the same history doesn't mean that we can compare (and then judge, and even dehumanize) them fairly on particular measures where one side doesn't measure up.

Defeating Aggression: Countdown to 2017

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Centuries of warfare drenched in blood and a common yearning for a more civilized world where would-be aggressors are checked by the rule of law must compel us to act, responsibly and swiftly. Time is of the essence and the time to act is now.