Just War Theory and ISIS

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by Steve Deace

In our constitutional republic there are two criteria for determining if an action by government is moral and/or legal. Would U.S. military action against ISIS, which has become the face of evil in the world at the moment, meet that criteria?

The first criteria is the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” This requires the action committed by government to be moral, which means to be in accordance with natural law. This natural law requires military action to be morally justified given the human toll at stake. Dating all the way back to Augustine’s City of God, this is what’s more commonly known today as “just war theory.”

There are seven components to Just War Theory. Let’s take a look at each and see if military action against ISIS applies.

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