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Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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.

Iran and the Bomb: What If Diplomacy Fails?

Tom Farer | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Tom Farer

Will this third assault on a Muslim nation within a dozen years strengthen the bin Laden narrative in which asymmetrical war against the West is a defensive response to unrelenting aggression?

Prudence and the Unfortunate Mr. Romney

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Christians must exercise the most solemn care when voting for president because they are foreseeably electing someone who will kill in their names.

My 9/11 Journey

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

I'm remembering the descent into the surreal. Radio reports told of crashing planes and dropping towers, of Pentagon flames and building evacuations, of stranded passengers in isolated airports.

Humanitarian Intervention In Syria: A Classic Just War?

Gerard Powers | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Gerard Powers

In Syria, there is a clear answer to Cain's question: "Yes, we are our brother's keeper." Syria would seem to be Exhibit A for a just military intervention, especially if one focuses on two key criteria, as many advocates of military intervention do.

Attacking Iran Is Illegal

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

There are two distinct reasons why an armed attack on Iran is illegal under international law, whether the attacker is Israel or the United States.

Is Attacking Iran "a Just War"?

Yoram Peri | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Yoram Peri

Those who advocate an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities have claimed the air strikes would be preemptive and thus legitimate. This position...

America Wins War On Terror (9-11-01 To 12-1-11)

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

What Senators McCain, Levin and others cleverley realized is that since the terrorists are attacking America for its freedoms and "way of life", the only sure way to win the war is to eliminate all of those freedoms and way of life.

When Soldiers Become Saints

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Today, as the United States celebrates Veteran's Day, the Church celebrates Martin of Tours, a conscientious objector to war. Let us follow this subversive centurion in the way of Jesus, our ultimate Commander.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.