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A Just War: Examining War Justification In Operation Iraqi Freedom, Neely M. Peden Jan 2012

A Just War: Examining War Justification In Operation Iraqi Freedom, Neely M. Peden

Neely M Peden

War itself and the consequences of war have never been able to be reconciled with the moral principle of peace. It was St. Thomas Aquinas who theorized that the incompatible means of war and Christian-taught pacifism could complement one another in his Summa Theologica. Out of these theological postures comes the idea of “just war”. This paper examines the conflict between these ideologies and the recent conflict in Iraq.