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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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Peace, Human Rights, and the Moral Choices of the Churches

Peace, Human Rights, and the Moral Choices of the Churches

(p.160) 10 Peace, Human Rights, and the Moral Choices of the Churches
A Matter of Principle

Mient Jan Faber

University of California Press

This chapter describes the Christian churches' resistance to the US-led military intervention in Iraq which lead to the revival of the just war theory. The just war tradition begins by defining the moral responsibilities of governments, continues with the definition of morally appropriate political ends, and then takes up the questions of means. It then discusses the Kosovo war which was important because it became a harbinger for a new approach inside many church bodies: to combine and strengthen a pacifist position with the criteria of the just war tradition. It goes on to consider how the different churches in the United States and Canada, and in Europe, debated on the Iraq War.

Keywords:   just war tradition, Iraq War, Kosovo war, Christian churches, human rights, moral responsibilities, United States, Canada, Europe

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