On Using the Language of “War” for Stuff that is Not War

A reader writes: I know I’m behind, but I had the chance to listen to your podcast episode where you and Simcha Fisher disagreed over the use of warfare language in response to the Paris terrorist attacks (and terror attacks in general, I think).   I thought I would weigh in.  Let me say, too, [Read More…]

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Cracked Does the Unthinkable

…and actually reads ISIS literature to find out how they think. This is becoming a rare event in our political culture as we increasingly choose to only listen to those who tell us what we want to hear.  This is why our country is foolishly choosing to do exactly what ISIS wants by treating refugees [Read More…]

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I’m a Just War Kinda Guy

I’m also a Smart War kinda guy. First rule of Smart War: Don’t go all “Hulk Smash” because the Hulk is stupid. Instead, know your enemy and tailor your response accordingly. Because if you just start smashing Muslims for being Muslim, you make more enemies when what you need are allies. ISIS kills more Muslims [Read More…]

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The Airborne Beer Story

In honor of our vets from the Battle of the Bulge, on the 69th Anniversary of its beginning. [Read more…]

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Why Just War Theory is Called Just War Theory

Here’s an interesting piece in two parts laying out some of the logical conundrums, paradoxes, problems and difficulties arising from Just War Theory as it is currently articulated. Just war doctrine as the Church articulates it is every inch a prudential concession to human weakness, not a “doctrine” and emphatically not a “dogma” in the [Read More…]

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