Is 'just peace' possible in Iraq?

Thorny postwar issues
For centuries, Christianity’s theory of “just war” has helped religious and political leaders determine when, if ever, war is justified and how to conduct a moral military campaign. Now, as the U.S. prepares to reduce troop levels in Iraq this summer and in Afghanistan next year, the 1,500-year-old theory is being deployed on a less-familiar mission: ending the wars ethically.

Ethicists and theologians believe that just war theory has much to offer in guiding U.S. strategy, but hewing to its insights could add numerous challenges, particularly in regard to the withdrawal from Iraq.

In April, leading just war theorists gathered at Georgetown University to consider thorny postwar issues, including refugees and lingering political and religious unrest.


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