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posted by Carol Platt Liebau at 7:18 PM
Be of good voice!
Hello. Although I got through on Friday, I elected no to hold on through the top of the hour break. I had wanted to respond to your "Blessed are the peacemakers" caller. I am quite sure when the Lord Jesus Christ said that, he was speaking about the Marine Corps. Furthermore, I would have recommended to that caller he read George Weigel's article, Moral Clarity in a Time of War, from First Things, Jan 2003. Your caller reverses, as Weigel say, bellum and duellem. A long quote: "If the just war tradition is a theory of statecraft, to reduce it to a casuistry of means-tests that begins with a “presumption against violence” is to begin at the wrong place. The just war tradition begins by defining the moral responsibilities of governments, continues with the definition of morally appropriate political ends, and only then takes up the question of means. By reversing the analysis of means and ends, the “presumption against violence” starting point collapses bellum into duellum and ends up conflating the ideas of “violence” and “war.” The net result is that warfare is stripped of its distinctive moral texture. Indeed, among many American religious leaders today, the very notion of warfare as having a “moral texture” seems to have been forgotten."The article is about fifteen pages in length, and volumes in consequence. All pacifist lefties who can do so, should read it. The other essay to read is Reinhold Nieburh's Why the Christian Church is not Pacifist. Although I suspect his scriptural based arguments will be to the left as the Elves bread was to Gollum in the Ring Trilogy book "Ashes and dust!!" Thanks. K.H., Kirkwood HS, 68, U of MO, 72.
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