“A JUST WAR?”

When our armed forces were ordered to invade the nation of Iraq we were told it was for the purpose of ridding that country of its ”weapons of mass destruction.” Never mind that our weapons inspectors who had free reign at the time to search in the whole country, even being invited to search Saddam Hussein’s personal palaces, could not fmd even one such weapon! But, as Mr. Bush said, “It’s time for a regime change in Iraq.” He had made up his mind to overthrow the government of Iraq before the weapons inspectors had time to fmish their work. They were ordered out of the country! We went to war.

Question:

Are we involved in “a just war” in Iraq?

Consider this important fact, please. Never before in the history of our country have we ever attacked a sovereign nation for the purpose of overthrowing its government when we were unprovoked, never!

Is our nation, or any other nation entitled to simply drive its tanks into a country’s capital and declare its government overthrown? That’s what Saddam did in Kuwait! As a result, a coalition of nations- a major part of the free world, joined together to expel him and his military from this tiny but oil-rich nation. What entitled the USA to do what Saddam Hussein did? According to President Bush, he was exercising “a preemptive strike.” Unwittingly, by the use of that very term, our president admitted that we were going into Iraq unprovoked! Sad!

Throughout the history of the Christian church, most groups within Christendom have pretty well agreed that there is such a thing as “a just war.” When a strong man orders his troops into a peaceful nation, begins a reign of brutality there, threatens the very future of that nation, at that point, many Christian leaders would feel that there was
justification for war by that nation and even its allies, if the nation attacked so desires.

If it be argued that such justification had already been supplied by the brutality Hussein had demonstrated against his own people the Kurds, this is contradicted by the fact that the Kurds are his own people. They are a part of his nation. What even evil men do in their own nations is not in and of itself proper justification to go to war with them as an outsider looking on.

Furthermore, it is interesting to note that at the very time we were fmalizing our plans to attack Iraq, North Korea solemnly announced that it had produced a nuclear weapon (a weapon of mass destruction.) What did the Bush administration do? We announced that this was a matter for North Korea’s neighbors to address

when the decision time came for deciding whom we would attack, we took on Iraq, though the existence of nuclear weapons in Iraq was of no immediate certainty. Weapons inspectors would have found any evidence of them had they existed.

So, why are we in Iraq? Basically because our President decided to overthrow its government. Though he claims we are at war, only Congress can declare war. Though he claims it is all part of the terrorist network, Iraq was not a melting pot of terrorists until we had overthrown the sovereign government of that nation.

What is the Bottom Line?

Weare in the no-win situation we are in today for two reasons: (l) Our president took us to a war at the expense of giving up the moral high ground. Weare involved in an unjust war, a war of our own making. And, (2) We have greatly underestimated the nature of radical Islam. President Bush continues to refer to Islam as a “great, peaceful religion.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Islam was founded in brutal warfare and perpetuated by its founder by war. Jehad is an official doctrine of Islam. “Holy war” is its watchword.

We cannot disengage with our enemy radical Islam entirely because, by its very nature, it has and will continue to call for war. But what can we do? We can, and we
must, withdraw from Iraq which has become a slaughterhouse for our men and some of our women in uniform. As long as we are over there, many more of our precious young people in uniform will be killed, maimed and disabled by the carnage perpetrated upon them by a cunning enemy with all the advantages at his disposal.

No general or politician alive can assure us that we can win a guerrilla war, which is what we are in. We lost in Vietnam and we will ultimately lose in Iraq. We will lose because we are involved in a war of attrition. Already, we have had nearly enough soldiers and marines and airmen killed and injured to fill out most of a modern infantry division. This must stop. Eventually, the American people will say, “Enough is enough!” Then we will withdraw.

Note that our administration has prohibited us from seeing the coffms, flag-draped and fmal being removed from the aircraft coming to Dover Air Force Base every day. The reason: “to protect the privacy of the grieving families.” The real truth is that such deprivation protects the ineptitude of our current president to do anything real and permanent to end this war, the war he started! Write your Congressman-Let’s get out!