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Does our getting involved in Syria meet the criteria of a just war?

Serious question! And here’s my serious answer:

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My comment at Elizabeth Esther’s:

the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain

Which aggressor – the Syrian government or the rebels? They’re both aggressing. Why can’t they both lose? Either way, check.

all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective

and what ways have been attempted? No check here, seems to me.

there must be serious prospects of success

Do we even have an objective by which to measure success? Don’t see a check here, either…

the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

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The power as well as the precision of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.

If the US gets involved, the best we can hope for is for Assad to say, oh, my, I won’t use chemical weapons again. I’ll just keep blowing my citizens up conventionally! Meanwhile, our getting involved is going to produce all kinds of evils and graver disorders when everyone who hates us comes running over to join the party. I don’t see a check here, sorry.

Pray for peace, like Pope Francis asks us to.

Whatever happens, good or bad

God is very pleased with those who recognize his goodness by reciting the Te Deum in thanksgiving whenever something out of the ordinary happens, without caring whether it may have been good or bad, as the world reckons these things. Because everything comes from the hands of our Father: so though the blow of the chisel may hurt our flesh, it is a sign of Love, as he smooths off our rough edges and brings us closer to perfection. — St Josemaria Escriva

Te Deum laudámus:
te Dóminum confitémur.
Te ætérnum Patrem,
omnis terra venerátur.
Tibi omnes ángeli,
tibi cæli
et univérsæ potestátes:
tibi chérubim et séraphim
incessábili voce proclámant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra
maiestátis glóriæ tuæ.
Te gloriósus
apostolòrum chorus,
te prophetárum
laudábilis númerus,
te mártyrum candidátus
laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum
sancta confitétur Ecclésia,
Patrem imménsæ maiestátis;
venerándum tuum verum
et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque
Paráclitum Spíritum.
Tu rex glóriæ, Christe.
Tu Patris sempitérnus es Filius.
Tu, ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem,
non horrúisti Virginis úterum.
Tu, devícto mortis acúleo,
aperuísti credéntibus regna cælórum.
Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes,
in glória Patris.
Iudex créderis esse ventúrus.
Te ergo quǽsumus,
tuis fámulis súbveni,
quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.
Ætérna fac cum sanctis tuis
in glória numerári.
Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine,
et bénedic hereditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos, et extólle illos
usque in ætérnum.
Per síngulos dies benedícimus te;
et laudámus nomen tuum
in sǽculum, et in sǽculum sǽculi.
Dignáre, Dómine,
die isto sine peccáto nos custodíre.
Miserére nostri, Dómine, miserére nostri.
Fiat misericórdia tua,
Dómine, super nos,
quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
In te, Dómine, sperávi:
non confúndar in ætérnum.

You can’t kill Americans without someone doing the killing

So there’s a super-secret memo out there that outlines why the President can order an American citizen killed without due process.
Up to now I’ve taken comfort in the idea that our military would not obey an illegal order. But somebody fired those drones….

Obama: “…might have violated that pledge.”

Quoth President “Let me be clear” Obama:

The last thing I will say, though — let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

Now, let me get this straight: “some provisions” just “snuck in there” (as opposed to being written and voted on by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate), and those random “provisions” “might have” broken promises (and statements) that citizens would be able to…

  • keep their existing insurance
  • make decisions with their doctors without government interference

Which would imply that all those people who were saying that the health care bills, if passed, would eventually force people to give up their existing insurance and face government interference with private medical decisions — all those people who were called (and are still being called) “obstructionists”, “scaremongers”, “teabaggers”, and who knows what-all else — all those people were correct.
And President Obama’s administration was calling them liars.

So: allowing random legal provisions that violated previous pledges to magically come into existence; insisting that those legal provisions did not exist and that people who insisted they did were dupes or malevolent liars; berating people who voted against the reform bills because of thse provisions and then, in the same weekend, casually noting that well, yes, those provisions exist but are already being taken out (really? when? and by whom?)….
…that does bear on “a whole lot of other issues,” doesn’t it?

Spend less on health care — it’s good for the tourist industry

From The American Spectator (emphasis mine):

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who is health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research as well as being White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s brother, propounds discrimination against the elderly and other less-than-robust patients.
In the medical journal Lancet he wrote in January, “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious [an irrelevancy] discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years.”
As for the less-than-robust, in a Hastings Center Report he has written that medical care be withheld from those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens. … An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.” Thus the state should decide when and if you get treatment. Does that not have a grisly ring to it?
Dr. Emanuel veers from the grisly to the delightfully frivolous in his pontifications on cost cuts. Savor this one from the Journal of the American Medical Associationin May of 2007: “Too much money spent on health care reduced [sic] the ability to obtain other essentials of human life as well as some goods and services not essential to life but still of great value, such as education, vacations, and the arts.” Yes, he said “vacations and the arts.”

Now, what kind of health care should be withheld from “participating citizens”? Pacemakers? Hip replacements? Tonsillectomies?
And what’s the threshold for “participating”? Maybe we should have a way to see if people are really participating. Like a test!

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