A simple question was posed by a friend of mine, Matt Collins, on Facebook. Let’s just get right to it–and for those of you who find the answer more nuanced than a yes/no, please leave a comment to explain your thoughts.
Are we really living in a time when a video posted on Youtube can lead the public to support a new war? …Or ‘kinetic action’ or whatever you people call it? Have we left behind even the pretense of obeying Just War Theory?
Historical note…Just War Doctrine:
- 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;
- There 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).
Does bombing ISIS (and the collateral damage that comes with that) fit in with these principles?