In a message dated 25/07/2000 15:52:23 GMT Daylight Time, 

> 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 
trivial matters.
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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