We Quakers have no “just war” theory. All war and preparation for war, as we have understood the gospel of Christ, is “unlawful” for the Christian.
As long as we have a government run with such partisan narrow thinking, we can never develop any consistency with respect to a morality or a foreign policy.
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The fact that Gaddafi is a reprehensible human being and no friend of the U.S. does not automatically mean that the next guy will be better.
This war is unjust. We cannot wage a just war when we do not know why we fight.
War is terror and destruction and a crime that humanity commits against itself. It is neither noble nor necessary.
The fact that men are not angels, and that even with the best of intentions people still get hurt gravely in wars, must give policymakers great pause as they contemplate entering into combat with another nation.
It’s heartbreaking to see countries living under dictators anywhere in the world, but I don’t think it is any American’s personal obligation to donate the life of a son or daughter to try and free people in other countries.
The “writ of the international community” is not one of the rules of just war.
The Apostle Paul wrote “If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.” We should strive to maintain peace but only to the extent that others are willing to be fellow collaborators for peace.
This is a difficult and morally complex situation.
Is it moral to let innocent people of another country be slaughtered by a ruthless dictator and take care of our own first, or is it more moral to help our own first, creating a stronger and more cohesive nation, before running off to help everyone else?