“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (Eisenhower 1). One may see the President’s statement as a discouragement of war, but what would one truly sacrifice for the love of one’s country? Since the beginning of the United States, the nation has been involved in several wars and conflicts; many were even deemed “justifiable wars,” except for the Vietnam War. To this day, many Americans feel that Vietnam was a mistake. Even so, if the war had been deemed a “just war” then the Vietnam soldier would not have lost his innocence and morality.
A just war is a war that is considered morally and religiously justifiable. The just-war theory is broken into six parts: a just war has just cause, right intention, public declaration by legitimate authority, last resort, probability of success, and proportionality. A just war must be in self-defense after an attack or invasion- just cause. The primary objective must be to re-establish peace-right intention. In order for a just war, a recognized authority or government- public declaration must declare war by legitimate authority. A just war can only begin when all other peaceful options have been exhausted- last resort. In order for a war to be deemed just, there must be a high probability of success. The violence of war must only use the a...
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...hreat to himself and his unit in Iraq. However, Chris Kyle is involved in a just war, the Iraq War, with many of the American citizen’s support due to the attacks of 9/11. In his book he states: “Another question people ask a lot: Did it bother you killing so many people in Iraq? I tell them, “No.” And I mean it. The first time you shoot someone, you get a little nervous. You think, can I really shoot this guy? Is it really okay? But after you kill your enemy, you see it’s okay. You say, Great. You do it again. And again. You do it so the enemy won’t kill you or your countrymen. You do it until there’s no one left for you to kill. That’s what war is” (Kyle et al., 2012). This is an example of maintaining innocence in war, where it is not destructive to an individual’s “moral compass” in this manner showing how important the support of one’s country is to a soldier.
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