RE: Theological reflection on Just War

From: Woodward Norm Civ WRALC/TIEDM (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 18:03:31 EDT

  • Next message: Lucy Masters: "Afghan perspectives"

    The problem

     The problem with the consideration of the possibility of a "just war" is
    that one may have to consider the oxymoron of a "just terrorist act." After
    all, terrorism could be (loosely) defined as an undeclared guerrilla war
    waged by a non-recognized entity. But what if it was waged for a "just"

    And, to me, that's the rub.

    As was mentioned here, nobody here, I hope, can justify the actions of those
    two boys at Columbine. However, I think that many can understand, perhaps
    even empathize, with their motivation.

    I don't know if anyone else here saw the special edition of "West Wing" a
    few weeks ago (I am probably alone is admitting watching non-"educational"
    programming) but it brought out a very interesting point. There are plenty
    of "moderate" Moslems in this country who abhor the actions of 9-11, yet
    also find the presence of US forces in Saudi Arabia abhorrent.

    And while I would not support nor shelter the fugitive on the most wanted
    list who has been suspected in so many abortion facility bombings, I can not
    help reflect that the total body count in the 9-11 activities will probably
    equal the daily toll of babies in those US "clinics."

    In short, while I admittedly work in a defense facility, I would not be so
    sure that God is supporting our "Crusade" (against terrorism) much more than
    their Jihad.

    Norm (again)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Thu Oct 25 2001 - 18:03:47 EDT