The just-war pacifist begins with a thoroughly realist assumption—that foreign policy is seldom if ever guided by rigorous just-war precepts.
If you doubt the cost of indulging in political pieties rather than political organizing, compare the influence of Occupy Wall Street with the Tea Party.
Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a serious problem, but demanding complete Iranian capitulation, either at the negotiating table or on the battlefield, is no solution.
A fear that the United States not only has decisively lost its power in the region, but is also responsible for why everything seems to be going wrong.
The opportunity to roll back Iran’s nuclear program should not be forfeited because of the belligerent posturing of Netanyahu and hawks on Capitol Hill.
If we had reason to be confident that bombing some of Assad’s assets would save more Syrians than it would kill, armed intervention might be warranted. We don't.
President Obama is right to show restraint on Syria. But that doesn’t mean the United States should stand and watch great crimes being committed.
A defensible case for the attack on Syria would have to satisfy traditional “just war” standards. The proposed action meets none of them.
Many Syrian Christians who wouldn’t deny Assad’s record of repressing political opponents would rather put up with that than live under the rule of Islamists.
An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of the president's dream.
What is the source of the division between Sunnis and Shi‘ites, and how prevalent is this bifurcation in the Islamic world, a community of more than 1.6 billion?
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