December 17, 2009

IF HE CAN JUSTIFY TO THEM OUR FIGHT AGAINST EVIL ABROAD...:

The Nobel Speech (Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., December 16, 2009, Ignatius Insight)

The President made the following statements, with which George Bush would have little or no problem:

1) "We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: we will not eradicate violent conflicts in our lifetimes." So, no peace in our time.

2) "There will be times when nations—acting individually or in concert—will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified." Hard to disagree with that principle.

3) The United States has a special role in the promotion of liberty. "The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms." What more obvious thing is there about the record since World War II?

4) The world may no longer shudder at the prospect of war between two nuclear superpowers, but proliferation may increase the risk of catastrophe. Terrorism has long been a tactic, but modern technology allows a few small men with outsized rage to murder innocents on a horrific scale." Just who these few "small" men are is not specified. They are probably much greater in number than the president is wont to acknowledge. But I confess some comfort in the hint that he finally realizes that they are about, with their intentions.

These are the principal statements that we heard in Oslo. They are obvious things some of us have been saying for years. They were said by Augustine long ago.

But what is worth speculating about is this: If this president could suddenly make such an about face on the crucial issue of war, can it happen in the other areas in which he is so disordered?


...mightn't he justify to himself fighting the evil in his own politics?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2009 6:34 AM
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