Iraq War veteran Robert P. McGovern’s new book All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq makes the case that
“As a lawyer, a soldier, and a graduate of four Catholic schools, I believe that nations are legally and morally obliged to prevent injustices like genocide, military aggression and threats to civilians.”
Wow—as a Catholic McGovern justifies the unholy mess of Iraq as a “just War.” I must have been out of town when the last two popes condemned the war absolutely.And the Vatican secretariat for Peace and Justice slammed this debacle as “immoral, unjust and illegal.”
Not that Catholics have been loathe to join the madding crowd and cheer on the home side whether the targets were Dresden or Hiroshima. With the traditional authoritarian structure of the Church, it has always had its lion share of cops and soldiers who love to take orders. But surely the Just War has just about had its day.
Maybe in the good St.Augustine’s day (4th century) there was a good reason to mitigate the horrific violence which attends every war—and flies in the face of the Galilean’s absolute non-violence. And the Church while proclaiming the Just War has yet to bring forth in its moral pantheon, the “just abortion.” Catholics have moved beyond their immigrant cheerleading for war, particularly in the USA, but Mr. McGovern is not alone in his fascination with Mars. Remember when those good Republicans George Weigel, the papal biographer and Michael Novak went to Rome and tried to convince JP ll to change his mind. Luckily for humanity, Woytyla had seen a lot more war than these guys.
Brother Mcgovern seems more in synch with Methodist Hilary Clinton who is ready to nuke Iran but he’s all wet about Iraq.