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The current cause of war

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Submitted by Robert Balzola (Australia), Apr 8, 2003 at 19:05

Dear Daniel

I read with interest your article in the New York Post. The following comments are my own and do not reflect the views of any other person.

If I may be so bold, the rhetorical intent of the article seems to suggest that apprehension and fears of worst case scenarios of Islamic militant fall-out will dissipate once the psychology of clear victory is established. This is historically true of the psychology of Islam and hence those adherents that would consider it just to engage in tyrannical and/or legitimate war against what they see as Christendom and Zionism through terrorist (what they call Holy Jihad) means.

I put to you another proposition.

This is not a war between Christendom and Islam. Nor is it an economic war (as you note) about oil fields. My employer is a Member of Parliament in the Australian Commonwealth Government and Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. The mantra that this is a Holy War, a 'crusade', a war for oil, a 'clash of civilisations'. or any other mooted motive has failed to address the gist of the actual cause of the war.

I put to you that the cause of the war is two competing ideologies; both relativist in nature. The United States worship of Utilitarian ideology through market capitalism is the root of the motive behind the war in Iraq. Equally, the regime in Irag is Moral Relativist as a form of Islamic Governance. Both are relativist. Both deny the universalist jurisprudence that galls the right minded person. We see the attrocities in Iraq. We equally see the attrocities in the USA.

Only a universalist jurisprudence will see true natural law, natural justice and natural capitalism hold sway. Neither warring parties in this dispute hold the moral high ground, for neither hold to a universalist jurisprudence.

Robert Balzola
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