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Just War or just, war?

“What is the morality of doing nothing?” barked President George H.W. Bush. The president had been pressed by one of his spiritual advisors the presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church Edmond Browning, to defend the build up and obvious intention to use military force against Saddam Hussein.  In the days leading up to the bombing campaign against Bagdad and Hussein’s forces in Kuwait, Bush had consulted advisors, political, diplomatic, and spiritual.  Why spiritual?  I grappled with that question in God and War, arguing that Bush thought religion mattered. Read more