6.4.11

The Libya Situation... A Catholic Just War?

I have not commented heretofore on the action taken in conjunction with the French and the British Armed Forces in attacking Libya. No one in their right mind can conclude that this is a worthwhile exersize of our Navy and Marines or our Air Force. As a retired Marine I know one thing that many of those in this administration do not. War is bad. Real bad. No foolies. I am not being trite, I have seen the death and carnage. Just going down the road past deforested lots brings back memories.

It seems only those who have never been actively engaged in war are willing to use war as a first response instead of being the last final response. Louis XIV, no stranger to war had a motto for this, Ultima ratio regum, the last argument of Kings. He had it cast on bronze cannons.

Barack Obama who had promised us to end the wars in Afganistan and in Iraq has given us a new war, and has in fact changed the name of war to "Kenetic Military Action" (which really means war.) It is a LIE, and painting it otherwise is the proof. ...A rose by any other name...

The Libya Situation in Light of the Catholic Just War TraditionBy Rev. Robert Barron at Word on Fire.

...Lest this discussion move exclusively in a “political” ambit, I would like to analyze the incursion into Libya in light of the Catholic just war theory. According to the Catholic social teaching tradition, going to war can be undertaken morally only when definite criteria are met. These are 1) declaration by a competent authority, 2) the presence of a just cause, 3) some proportion between the good to be achieved and the negativity of the war, 4) right intention on the part of those engaged in the conflict, and 5) a reasonable hope of success. One might argue that the first criterion has been met, since the President sanctioned our involvement upon the resolution of the United Nations to offer humanitarian aid to Libya... More...

Um, anyone really know why we are attcking Lybia? If you do call 1-202-456-1111 and let them know.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

4 comments:

Baron Korf said...

My guess is that it is about stabilizing an oil supply. But then again, being in that industry, that's what I hear the most about.

Anonymous said...

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Brantigny said...

Thank you I have found them.

Elisa said...

"National Review" had some articles about our actions in Libya and offered their take on why we're there.