On 15/11/2021 15:21, hermeneutika wrote:
> As a observer of the "Christian" institutions (The Church) I was wondering when the doctrine of "Just War" would finally arrive.
Discussion of Just War has been going on since goodness knows when. It
is not a new arrival.
> If perhaps the question of Just War had been raised prior to the invasion of Iraq then perhaps we would not be in the current situation.
Of course the argument advanced by Blair et al was that war against
Saddam was just - he had weapons of mass destruction, he was oppressing
his people, his sons were allowed to run riot and do what they pleased.
I still think that removing Saddam was justified, even though the WMD
did not materialise. He was a thoroughly nasty piece of work. The big
mistake was in the occupation of Iraq: 1) attempting to make an Arab and
Muslim country into a democracy just will not work; 2) rigid
implementation of de-Baathification, which made no distinction between
those who were ardent Baathists and those who had merely gone along with
it because you didn't get a job unless you at least pretended; 3) crass
emphasis on oil to the exception of all the other things a country needs.
No doubt other factors could be identified, but I think those were the
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