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Just War Doctrine for the Asymmetric World

“Insofar as men are sinful, the threat of war hangs over them, and hang over them it will until the return of Christ.”  Gaudium Et Spes 78, 6. The theory of a “just war,” the moral factors which govern when to enter into war and how to conduct war, reach back into Biblical and Roman antiquity, through the early days of the Church, from Augustine to Aquinas, Renaissance philosophers, and finally summarized in a few points in the current Catechism.  In the main the principles of a just war have been fairly well preserved:  a legitimate and otherwise peace-loving authority

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Lafayette, Nous Sommes Ici!

It’s been nearly a week since the deadly attacks by Islamic jihadists of ISIS on Paris, killing at least 129 and injuring hundreds more.  Today we heard more about the thwarting of alleged imminent additional attacks in the City of Lights.  France has a problem.  Europe has a problem.  The U.S. and the rest of Christendom has a problem. A while back I cited the 2014 Frontex report on EU borders, in which alarming trends of illegal immigration were on the upswing.  The report also included a brief commentary on EU nationals traveling to Syrian to be radicalized. According to

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Hypocritical Oath?

As I was away on business for several days, I need to keep this post short and sweet. On BBC Radio’s Health Check show today, I listened to their host and an analyst discuss the phenomenon of Islamic State terrorists in Syria recruiting doctors to join the cause.  It turns out that many doctors have fled Syria amid the danger and chaos, but nevertheless people under ISIS rule continue to get sick and need medical attention.  And- will wonders never cease?- there are Muslim doctors who are answering the call, taking the oath, and getting sworn into their society of

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Who Has The Resolve?

The latest horrific antics of ISIS have many of us wondering where this conflict will ultimately have its end point.  Jordan’s execution of two prisoners, while satisfying the appetite for immediate reprisal, will likely only result in ISIS upping the ante by taking more hostages and finding more inhumane ways to kill innocents.  Officials have renewed their debates in earnest on how to deal with the unruly Muslim sectarians.  Meanwhile our American leaders continue to avoid addressing or acknowledging the roots of this uncivilized behavior, and end up acting as clumsy apologists offering the “real” interpretation of Islamic belief.  This article highlights the on-going fallacy

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