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Thomas Aquinas

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Submitted by j.m. (United States), Jan 29, 2006 at 20:41

The question is then, is there something such as a just war? Suicide is immoral and irreligious, but if fighting is the same, then what do you do in the case of defense? The answer is, a just war is one of defense--one where you are defending your loved ones, in a battle where in your heart you do not believe you instigated it, you do not go to any extremes, and you have tried peace and forgiveness: warfare is the last resort. Thomas Aquinas explains this.

What happens in Cyprus and Indonesia and Palestine and everywhere else is inexcuseable. But we must remember that we are living for God, not for this world. I do believe, however, that people must be protected. Christ however, accepted persecution in the most vicious of ways. Killing, as you know, is also forbidden.

It is a difficult question, but I do believe that in some cases the defensive war is alright. Good shall overcome, and may people oppressed everywhere break their bonds.

As stated frankly in Boon Dock Saints, one great sin is the indifference of good men to evil.
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