Monday, February 24, 2003

A Question Bound To Irk People

I'm sure I will get flames for this, but I think it's worth thinking about: does just war theory support a preemptive strike by Saddam in order to protect his country from attack by the United States? I would suggest that the case, frankly, is probably stronger (on the imminence prong at least) for preemptive action by Saddam than the U.S. Now before I get a bunch of mindless flames, such as, "Well, that proves Just War theory is junk!", here is my point. If you are for preemptive war when there is no imminent threat, you really ought to think about what other restraints you are putting in the system in its place. Maybe thinking about the facts from this viewpoint will help bring that home.

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