Why We Fight? To Make Assad Eat Cheerios with a Fork

USA Today has this unedifying tidbit in a story about the Obama administration’s war plan for Syria: A second senior official, who has seen the most recent planning, offered this metaphor to describe such a strike: If Assad is eating Cheerios, we’re going to take away his spoon and give him a fork. Will that degrade his ability to eat Cheerios? Yes. Will it deter him? Maybe. But he... More
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Syria and Just War

Napp Nazworth, a reporter at the Christian Post, asks a question that’s on lots of minds right now: Would intervention in Syria be a Just War? I was one of the folks he asked. For what it’s worth, here’s what I told him: “Traditionally, Just War theory included punishment for wrongdoing as a legitimate casus belli. It is clear that the Obama administration sees military a... More
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Why Should We Care About the Atomic Bomb?

The debate comes up every once in a while in Catholic circles, and it comes up below. I want to take issue with Brad Birzer a little, but with Tom Crowe a lot more. Because our acts of destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not only wrong, they were monumentally wrong in a way that changed us. America hasn’t had the same moral force ever since. Vatican II The Second Vatican Council conde... More

Re: Who’s an Isolationist?

Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman Carson’s got a great write-up on Jonah Goldberg taking NPR’s Mira Liasson to task for her sloppy use of the word isolationism. As Carson notes, Goldberg regrettably criticized Patrick Buchanan unfairly. But all in all, good that Goldberg didn’t let just Liasson get away with using the term like that. It is true that Republican candidates are (finall... More

Jus ad Bellum et in Bello: Just War Theory, today.

So what to do with Just War doctrine when considering what transpired the other day? In the raid that bagged Osama bin Laden, the United States sent a military team into another country without that country’s explicit authorization or involvement to conduct a military operation against a target within that country’s borders. The team accomplished its narrowly defined mission and then l... More
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Neighbors don’t lie to each other. Or rape each others’ daughters. Neither did Live Action.

The Live Action folks deceived, yes, but it was not immoral and did not violate the pertinent sections of the Catechism (because the Catechism has a lacuna on the matter at hand). I think Dr. Kreeft’s final example—that of an incapacitated father lying to prevent his daughter being raped in front of him—deserves more consideration and fleshing out. If the father were not tied down, what ... More

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