This is an occasional blog, in which I will comment on events from the perspective of the Just War Doctrine (I insist it is a “doctrine,” a “teaching,” not a “theory”). I recognize that I’m a small fish in what has become a too-small pond. Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a marked decrease in Just War scholarship. However, in today’s world, where we are faced with issues of terrorism and revolution, the Just War Doctrine is as important as ever.
In addition to the pond having shrunk, some of the Big Fish, like Paul Ramsey, have died. Currently the Big Fish include people like Michael Walzer and Jean Bethke Elshtain. I hope that (to mix a metaphor) by adding my voice to theirs I can assist interested people in making moral judgments about proposals that might lead to war.