In a message dated 25/07/2000 15:52:23 GMT Daylight Time,
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> Is war good or bad?
> Please explain your position in detail.
> F. Leon
Bad. But some wars are less bad than others. St. Thomas Aquinas struggled
with the problem of squaring "thou shallt not kill" with the need not to just
stand there and do nothing. He came up with the idea of a "just war". It has
to be winnable - "going down gloriously" doesn't count (for him... I have
reservations there) and fighting to end the perpetuation of a great wrong.
Territorial conquest is NOT a basis for a "just war", nor is fighting over
A good rule of thumb would be: ask the soldiers. They're picky about what
they're willing to die for - but from experience, more willing to fight wars
than one might imagine.
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