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  • Joe Hartley

    Is it possible for someone to be a principled (if erroneous) supporter of the war without being a warmonger? If so, what separates Chris Shay from such people?

  • The quotes from the article will help explain!

    “Chris Shays seems to be following the GOP blueprint for messaging on Iraq — he’s all for ending the war when it’s election time, but votes for continuing it when it’s not. And rationalizing the two positions? Well that takes some serious contortions.” Jane Hamsher, http://www.firedoglake.com

    “So a ‘one in four’ chance of [the U.S. plan in Iraq] working now counts as a ‘huge success.’ Either that, or Chris Shays is losing his mind. Take your pick. Oh, and he also called for permanent bases in Iraq.” http://www.myleftnutmeg.com

  • DJ

    “Is it possible for someone to be a principled (if erroneous) supporter of the war without being a warmonger?”

    An interesting philosophical question, as well as practical one. There is a Christian doctrine called “Just War,” which suggests that under certain limited circumstances, war may be justified (this in contrast to the original pacifist doctrine of Jesus).

    Of course, when any given conflict is actually considered under Just War theory, it becomes clear that there hasn’t been one in recent times. Even WWII is at best arguable, since it was preventable and was not fought with “minimum force” by any combatants.

    Still, in theory, a person could support war wthout being a warmonger.