I read with interest Chaplain John Hugus’ report on military chaplain ministry in Afghanistan and Iraq (September, "What do we do now about the war in Iraq? 'This war will last many years'").
However, the chaplain is incorrect in connecting Iraq with the Islamic
radicals’ attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash
in the Pennsylvania countryside. Although despicable as a leader,
Saddam Hussein wasn’t involved in preparing or executing the Sept. 11
attack, according to our own intelligence and congressional
investigations. Chaplains gladly minister to military personnel
wherever they are deployed, but at the same time we are not obligated
to accept propaganda as truth even if it comes from our own
Michael G. ViiseWhat about ‘just war’?
Retired chaplain, Air Force colonel
Chaplain John Hugus
apparently a thoughtful man, said Sept. 11 is why we are at war in Iraq
and Afghanistan. That may be true of Afghanistan; it’s certainly not
why we are in Iraq. Sen. Hiram Johnson (Indiana) said in 1917, “The
first casualty when war comes is the truth.” I assume that those who
approve and we who oppose the invasion of Iraq are patriots—we simply
see things differently. The war in Iraq is immoral if we subscribe to
Augustine’s “just war” theory. Equally important, it is illegal. One
nation has no right to attack another sovereign nation unless it’s in
defense. According to the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, the
invasion of Iraq was illegal. It’s also illegal according to the U.N.
Charter, Chapter 7, Article 1. As Christians we would do well to keep
church and state separate. The kingdom of God and the U.S. are not the
same.Bud DixenCircle Pines, Minn.
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