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Wednesday, May 12

Just War Doctrine

The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:

- the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;

- all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;

- here must be serious prospects of success;

- the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

- The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.
These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the "just war" doctrine. The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.

further explanation on "Just War Doctrine"
and more from Minnesota Council of Churches
and more from Questia
and a Judeo-Christian and Islamic Perspective
against Just War theory

Do a google search on "Just War" for even more information and debate. This is not something new. I am just surprised that our most Christian and Holy President send by God above didn't seem to even think about this. This is not just a "christian' thing though although it was thought of by St. Augustine. Ethical people and non-christians consider this as well. Happy Reading!

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