War and Peace in Religious Thought

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Daniyah Hannini Final Paper War, Peace and Violence in Western Religious Thought For a little over ten years, various works have been published by numerous academics in hope of finding some sort of solution when it comes to the position America should take when it comes to dealing with the tragedy of the September 11th attacks and the seemingly uprising form of “radical” Islamists. Although the bulk of books and articles published that seem to agree and promote the concept of engaging in warfare against these groups and individuals who promote acts of terrorism are very clear in their position on this matter, very few actually carry through with providing a blueprint which serves the purpose of defining the actual…show more content…
For example, Elshtain speaks of how “the U.S military response in Afghanistan meets the just cause criterion of being a war fought with the right intention—to punish wrongdoers and prevent them from murdering civilians in the future (Elshtain). However, she fails to show how invasion of Afghanistan was not limited to ridding it of these terrorists, but America went straight to attempt to overthrow the government in Afghanistan as well. In regards to September 11th, al Qaeda was the organization the U.S was trying to get rid of, why then didn't America simply just try to directly attack the organization itself? It's quite strange that Elshtain avoids this specific conflict. She, herself stated that in order to be able to exercise and engage in warfare, the outcome has to have accomplished more than the destruction if carried out. However, she completely falls short of acknowledging the fact that things that ultimately nullify a war of being considered morally sound and “just” are the very things that the U.S was engaging in during wars like the Iraq War and Afghanistan. Staying silent on this matter on Elshtains part wouldn't have been as bad if she hadn't later fully supported the Busch administrations use of military force. Another area in which Elshtain makes it a point to touch upon in her book, is the concept of Islamic fundamentalists. Going back to the beginning of the book, Elshtain made the enemy quite

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