Yes, I know *that* Rome disapproves of war. Everybody knows that. What I don’t fully grasp is why. The arguments for war seem rather persuasive and simply replying “Yes, but Rome disagrees” is not much help. I’m willing to be persuaded. I don’t *like* being at odds with Rome. But I’m not getting much help in finding reasons why Rome’s position is persuasive. In matters of prudential judgment, that’s pretty crucial.