The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


We must say 'no'

America's drift toward war with Iraq fails the just war test

A sinking depression settled over me as I watched a series of Sunday morning news programs. The subject of the day was Iraq, and the theme was war. Republicans and Democrats offered opinions on the various network gabfests, and to a person they all agreed: War seems inevitable. The question is not if but when.

Not one commentator engaged his imagination to seek ways to deal with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein by means other than military assault. None questioned the drift toward war.

A fundamental question went unasked and unanswered: Can we justify war against Iraq by our best ethical principles?

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