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Neo-Conned!: Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq

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Refuting the myth that America's socially conservative thinkers, journalists, and commentators tend to support the war in Iraq, this text incorporates the opinions of some of the leading figures in America's conservative movement on why the decision to go to war and the continuing occupation of Iraq was and is the wrong course of action. Twenty-five articles by influential thinkers such as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan; syndicated columnists Sam Francis, Eric Margolis, Charley Reese, ...

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Neo-Conned!: Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq

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Refuting the myth that America's socially conservative thinkers, journalists, and commentators tend to support the war in Iraq, this text incorporates the opinions of some of the leading figures in America's conservative movement on why the decision to go to war and the continuing occupation of Iraq was and is the wrong course of action. Twenty-five articles by influential thinkers such as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan; syndicated columnists Sam Francis, Eric Margolis, Charley Reese, and Joseph Sobran; leading economist Jude Wanniski; social critics Tom Fleming and Paul Gottfried; and religious figures Bishop John Michael Botean and the late Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani make the case against the Iraqi conflict using conservative arguments on geopolitics, Christian morality, and common sense. Four detailed appendices on the war teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are also provided.

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"This trenchant collection of articles about the U.S. war in the Middle East is a fulfillment of my dearest wish: seeing the left-wing and the right-wing, religious and nonreligious, Christian and Muslim opposition to the war united in one front against one mutual enemy. It will be the cornerstone of every future realignment of antiwar forces in the U.S."  —Israel Adam Shamir, journalist and author, Flowers of Galilee

"The essays in these volumes, ranging from the best minds of the liberal left to the great wisdom of the orthodox right, take on the war in Iraq, closely examining the ideas and motives of its planners, promoters and defenders. Here is genuine intellectual diversity and hard analysis—fascinating and required reading."  —David Allen White, professor of English, U.S. Naval Academy

"At last, a truly universal critique on the war in Iraq."  —Anthony Cappello, researcher, Victoria University, Australia; director, Freedom Publishing; national secretary, Thomas More Centre

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932528060
  • Publisher: Ihs Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Liam O'Huallachain is the editorial director of IHS Press and is a student of Catholic Social Doctrine, the English Distributist Movement, and contemporary alternative political movements. J. Forrest Sharpe is the publisher and managing director of IHS Press. He is a student of Catholic Social Doctrine and the English Distributist movement. Bishop Hilarion Capucci is the Patriarchial Vicar of Jerusalem in exile. George Lopez, PhD, is a senior fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Bishop Hilarion Capucci     xiii
Introduction   Prof. George A. Lopez, Ph.D     xv
The Statesmen Speak: A War Both Unnecessary and Vain
The (Bogus) Case Against Saddam   Jude Wanniski     3
Postscript. The "Oppression of the Shiites"   Muhammad al-Baghdadi     81
Postscript. The Adverse Consequences Economic Sanctions Had on the Enjoyment of Human Rights in Iraq   Marc Bossuyt, Ph.D., J.D.     89
Postscript. The Real "Oil-for-Food" Scandal   Prof. Joy Gordon, Ph.D.     97
Cool War     97
Sanctions, Just-War Doctrine, and the "Fearful Spectacle of the Civilian Dead"     109
A Weapon of Mass Distraction     122
Whose War?   Patrick J. Buchanan     135
Conservative and Anti-War: Patriotism, Prudence, and the Moral Law
Refuge of Scoundrels: Patriotism, True and False, in the Iraq War Controversy   Samuel Francis, Ph.D.     151
On Morals, Motives, and Men   Joseph Sobran     161
Legal Nonsense   Charley Reese     167
Riding the Red Horse: War and the Prospects of Success   Thomas Fleming, Ph.D.     171
A Mirage Too Far   Eric S. Margolis     183
The Failure of War   Wendell Berry     191
A Conservative War?   Prof. Paul Gottfried, Ph.D.     199
The Venerable Tradition: Putting the Brakes on Aggression and Securing Justice for Iraq
Might Is Not Right: Why "Preventive War" Is Immoral   Fr. Juan Carlos Iscara     211
Self-Defense     211
"Pre-Emptive Strike"     214
"Preventive War"     216
Closing Reflection     219
Epistemic Inadequacy, Catholic Just-War Criteria, and the War in Iraq   Prof. Thomas Ryba, Ph.D.     223
A Review of the Literature: Exposing the Fallacies in Defense of the Invasion of Iraq   David Gordon, Ph.D.     247
Iraq: Sovereignty and Conscience   Prof. James Hanink, Ph.D.     257
Judgment and Inspiration: The Church Still Speaks with Authority
To Whom Should We Go? Legitimate Authority and Just Wars   Prof. William T. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.     269
A Moment of Moral Crisis   Bishop John Michael Botean     291
Postscript. The Bishop Explains   Bishop John Michael Botean     295
Postscript. A Canonist Comments   Edward Peters, J.C.D., J.D.     300
Peace Is Still Possible: The Unity of the Church in the Face of the Iraq War   Deacon Keith Fournier, Esq.     303
A Higher Law: Conscience, Morality, and the Transcendent Vision
Decadent, Belligerent, and Incorrigible   Prof. John Rao, D.Phil.     317
Setting Just Limits to New Methods of Warfare   Robert Hickson, USA (ret.), Ph.D.     331
The Morality of Weapons Systems   Paul Likoudis     345
Christian Killers?   Laurence M. Vance, Ph.D.     353
Is Conscientious Objection a Moral Option?   Peter E. Chojnowski, Ph.D.     361
The Sounds of Conscience   Sgt. Camilo Mejia     375
Appendix. A Tribunal   Eric Gill     379
Speaking with Authority: The True Just-War Doctrine as a Light for Our Time
Just-War Doctrine: The Metaphysical and Moral Problem   Fr. Franziskus Stratmann, O.P.     387
The Necessity of War     387
Just and Unjust War     390
Modern War Is to Be Absolutely Forbidden   Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani     419
A Study of the Development of Church Teaching on Matters of War and Peace   Prof. Romano Amerio     427
Index     437
About the Contributors     461
Acknowledgements     469
Further Resources     470
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