For those interested why I don’t think the Libyan War is just: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/post/libya-no-clarity-no-justice/2011/03/25/AF3k19VB_blog.html.
It’s a good thing to hear an adherent of the Just War Tradition actually using it as a restraint rather than a blank check with pacifism as its foil.
But I wonder: do you believe military personnel are to be held accountable for participating in unjust warfare? If they’re not accountable for the battles they fight, who is?
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A good, desperately needed perspective on Qaddafi:
And solid empirical data confirming our lack of total knowledge:
Wars do not have to be just, they merely have to be successful.
“Have to be”? Have to be for what purpose?
Did you folks miss this? The President said that this is *not* a military action/war because there are no ground troops deployed. From that perspective there is no “war theory” which applied.
What a fool Winston Churchill must have been. Just think how he could have reassured London during the Battle of Britain: “There’s nothing to fear: there’s no war going on here on this side of the Channel!”
“Did you folks miss this? The President said that this is *not* a military action/war because there are no ground troops deployed. From that perspective there is no “war theory” which applied.”
Except for the fact that just because Obama said it wasn’t a war doesn’t mean it actually isn’t a war. That’s a faulty syllogism. Given the intense civil war going on right now and the massive power vacuum that will no doubt occur when Gaddafi is ousted, this is very much a war, whether the US wants to recognize it or not.
He is, after all, in *the* position of authority to make that determination. But I agree that it is a contradiction. (Perhaps my sarcasm was not plainly evident.)
It was amazing in last night’s speech how much he sounded like President Bush, except for the fact that he is being even more preemptive. Saddam Hussein had already committed a blood bath, with the gassing of the Kurds being most notable. For Libya he dealt only with potential.
Except in Libya there is and has been killing by Gaddafi. But yes, President Obama, elected in a lot of ways on the “Bush bad” platform, has made a lot of surprisingly Bush-like policies.
Extraordinary rendition? Still here.
Guantanamo Bay? Still running.
Unilateral war declaration by a president? (Even though, of course, at least Bush got approval from Congress) Just happened in Libya.