I have no idea if we can still “rescue” the situation in Iraq. It may be beyond our ability to do so. But we can imaginatively consider options other than the ones we are pursuing. We are presently spending about two billion dollars a week on the war. What if the same amount were genuinely used for the rebuilding of Iraq? What if we actively sought the aid of Iraq’s neighbors and our allies in working on a solution?
But for us to continue on our present course because we want to avoid the humiliation of admitting that we made a terrible mistake is not only foolish, but decidedly unchristian.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Marcus Borg speaks on Iraq
Marcus Borg has become an important Progressive Christian voice in our country and in an On Faith (Washington Post/Newsweek) posting, he has tackled the Iraq War. He calls it as it should be called, an "unjust war." Pointing out that there have been just two Christian positions on war -- pacifism (which reigned among Christians until Constantine) and the "Just War" theory, of which Augustine is the preeminent theorist. On both counts, the War in Iraq, which was a "pre-emptive war" or a "war of choice" is illegitimate from a Christian perspective. That our President, who has justified the war, is a Christian and that a majority of those supporting the war are Christians, suggests that we have as yet failed to understand the meaning of a "just war."
Like Marcus, I opposed the war before it started and continue to oppose it, because it was entered into, from a Christian perspective, illegitimately. I am tempted by pacifism, but my realism, as faulty as it may be, keeps me from embracing this path. So, I'm stuck with Just War theory. I just wish we'd learn it well and follow it!
Marcus offers some suggestions about how we might make the best of this bad situation.
The first thing we must do is repent, we must say we did wrong. This wasn't the proper choice.
The next thing we must do is ask for help from the international community. If we'll admit we've done wrong, maybe other nations will decide to help stabilize Iraq. An unstable Iraq isn't good for anyone!
What do you think?