Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Ashram, 09-08-2003, Just War?

The monthly Ashram discussion group met at our house on the evening of the 8th. Besides generating topics for future discussions (and coming up with at least a year's worth), we revisited the philosophical question of whether or not there can be a just war. We took a moment to define "war" for the purposes of this discussion as armed conflict between "national groups" (which could include civil wars, or wars between different peoples in the same country). A number of differing opinions were expressed. Georgie's idea that, unfortunately, even a self-defensive war remains just for only about three days until someone does something unjustifiable and initiates a downward spiral of revenge and retribution, was well received.

As for myself, I have come to the conclusion that in today's world, there can be no just war. Particularly given the increasing globalization of economies, economic leverage, including trade sanctions, can be enormously powerful. The United Nations SHOULD be the primary moral force and diplomatic channel for dispute resolution, backed up by treaties and the World Courts. It's unfortunate that the United States, with its current insistence on use of force and resistance to World Court jurisdictions, is the primary stumbling block to this desirable progress.
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