Stuff like this makes me real mad:http://www.incommunion.org/resources/iraq.asp
1) Not because I am a war monger.
A few months ago I strongly defended war on Iraq provided that they are pursuing weapons of mass destruction. I believe war is justified if it will prevent Saddam Hussein from developing chemical and biological weapons--even if they will never be used on us, I believe we have the moral responsibility to help others in that region of the world.
Do I want to see war? No. But:
2) To constantly decry war as intrinsically evil and to stand back and let evil rise, like the British did to Hitler, is the truly evil deed. Christianity teaches us to make responsible decisions and stand up for what is right. Sitting back and "praying" while not doing something about it is irresponsible.
3) This statement claims, with no proof offerred, that many, many civilians will be killed. Have we not the technology to seriously cut that down, though? While I was against the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, I have to say they did a pretty good job of minimizing civilian deaths!
4) The assertion is made that the Orthodox Church never supported just war. Well maybe not in its Thomistic fullness but the early Church, which Orthodoxy claims to be, certainly supported war for defense.
5) The "slippery slope" fallacy used against "pre emptive strikes." OK that makes sense. If you know someone has a gun and is going to kill his wife, do you wait until she's dead to call the cops?? If we KNOW what Saddam is cooking up there, and can see it right under our eyes, we are supposed to wait until he uses those weapons?? How much sense does THAT make?
Also, slipperly slopisms are contrary to reason in this situation. We are constantly as a nation having to make decisions that will have grave consequences. There is no slope, but rather each case is evaluated individually.
6) The premiss that these guys actually know the same things that President Bush knows. He has access to so much more info than us!
7) Lack of knowledge of political science. That's evident to anyone like me with a Political Science degree. Nothing is as black and white as these folks would like!
I'm not opposed to peace-supporters per se (our dear friend Serge is one!) but I am more opposed to the tone of this statement. Things like that do not help, I think. Come up with a more reasoned statement, people!
Sorry for the ramble!