In the last presidential election there was much talk aboutmoral values. In fact, pollsters concluded that it was moral values that decided the election. What they forgot to take into account, however, is that moral values consist of much more than personal decisions regarding personal sexual ethics, such as abortion and gay marriage. Moral values underlie every decision we human beings make including business, church, and politics . Every human action we peform has moral implications arising from reflecting on or not reflecting on a moral value. For example, the simple act of eating could be an immoral act if it leads to poor health.
decision making is based on moral values but one must also look at the
consequences of a decision. During this month of the fourth anniversary of the
US led invasion of
Here are some consequences of that fateful decision to go to war:
Hussein was hanged according to the new constitution written under the
supervision of the
3) Nearly 3,200 American soldiers have been killed. since the war began
5) Nearly 24,000 American soldiers have been physically or mentally wounded.
6) Thousands of American families have been devastated by these deaths and injuries.
7) Estimates of up to 655,000 Iraqi citizens have been killed.
8) 1.8 million people have fled the country
9) 1.6 million people are homeless.
10) We have instilled
11) We have strained
our relationship with
12) Our forces have
destroyed much of
13) We have destroyed museums and other places holding significant historical and cultural artifacts. (This is a primary center of the birth of civilization.)
14) We have destroyed
significant aspects of
15) We have encouraged insurgents and terrorists to wreak havoc in the country by our creation of an unstable country.
16) We have lost the world’s respect by going it alone.
17) We have lost the
world’s support for the war on terrorism after the dastardly attack on the
20) It has cost over $300 billion, all added to the national debt instead of paying as we go.
Only one of the above consequences can even be considered morally good. That would be the first one – removing a tyrant from power. All the other consequences are negative. I admit these specific consequences would be hard to list with much accuracy before going to war, but none of them are unexpected results of war. War wreaks havoc whenever it is waged. It has disastrous consequences regardless of the persuasive arguments given to justify it.
The President says he is a Christian and
his faith influences his decisions. There are many people in this country who
also say they are Christian. Millions of them supported the decision to wage
I have one question: how is war with such above consequences compatible with the fundamental Christian ethic of love which includes “love your enemies”?