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“The most neutral phrase we can use to characterize war is that it’s mass killing for a political purpose," says Brian Orend, author of The Morality of War. "But from that fact, this mass killing can be morally defensible or morally objectionable. If it’s morally objectionable then we call it slaughter or murder.”
Saint Augustine wanted to reconcile the Christian duty to “love thine enemy” with the reality of living in a violent and “fallen world.” It is in his classic work, City of God, that we see the seeds of Just War Theory.
“The real evils in war are love of violence, revengeful cruelty, fierce and implacable enmity, wild resistance, and the lust of power, and such like; and it is generally to punish these things, when force is required to inflict the punishment, that, in obedience to God or some lawful authority, good men undertake wars,” Saint Augustine wrote.
Hauerwas says the problem is that Just War Theory assumes that we'll act rationally.
“I think the assumptions that Just War reflection makes about human kind assumes that we are open to moral argument in a manner that makes our desires, and particularly the desire for vengeance, subsidiary to rational adjudication," Hauerwas says. "And, of course, that’s a very high view of the human - that we are capable of that kind of reflection. The empirical evidence certainly tends to favour the presumption that we are more perverse than we are capable of rational reflection.”
The empirical evidence certainly tends to favour the presumption that we are more perverse than we are capable of rational reflection.”
As the economic engines of all countries are becoming more and more interdependent, do you see a time in our future when the need for war will become nothing but a criminal act?
originally posted by: masqua
The ultimate question that we are left with is why we, as a human race, still feel the need to be territorial while globalism has taken firm roots planet-wide.