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War is a horrible thing. Can a horrible thing be governed by ethics? It can and must. Lest we become a blood-thirsty, warlike people, we should stop and think about what our government does in our name.
Let us consider the ethics of going to war – jus ad bellum – a just cause for war.
We should go to war only to correct the most grievous of injustices. Within civilized society, we should find a strong presumption against the use of force, an aversion to violence. We would expect that only the most extraordinary circumstances would override that inclination to not fight. The tragedy of 9/11 was a great blow to the people of the U.S. There was, understandably, great anger and outrage. The Taliban – a government on decent terms with the U.S. – proved incapable of quickly capturing and extraditing Bin Laden. In blind rage the U.S…
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As I have been saying, here and here, everyone is talking about the Obama plan to admit Syrian refugees to the US.
Maybe Obama could persuade the new Saudi King, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, to “welcome the stranger”—co-religionists from Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Burma.
No truer words (more logical words) could be spoken than these by Bryan Fischer writing at ReNew America:
If President Obama and former President Bush are right, that Islam is a wonderful religion of peace, then each of the other 56 Muslim nations around the world ought to be havens of tranquility and stability. Let’s use our resources to help Syrian Muslims find a home in one or more of these other nations which are guided by the “religion of peace.”
Of course, the resettlement industry types would be quick to say that Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan already have tens of thousands of…
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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Reading “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
If the Christian precept of forgiveness be estimated by the magnitude of the injury forgiven, then these words of Jesus present to our view a forgiveness of an inconceivable and unparalleled injury. The greatest crime man ever committed was the crucifixion of the Son of God; and yet, for the forgiveness of that crime, the Saviour prays at the very moment of its perpetration, fully persuaded of the sovereign efficacy of the blood His enemies were now shedding, to blot out the enormous guilt of the sin of shedding it.
This interceding prayer of Jesus for His murderers was in the sweetest harmony with all He had previously taught. On no gospel precept did He seem to lay greater stress than the precept of forgiveness of injury. Where shall we find any Christian precept enjoined…
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