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The ethics of a Syrian military intervention

The ethics of a Syrian military intervention

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From Presbyterian News Service/Religion News Service


As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of the regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. Would the “Just War” doctrine justify U.S. military action, and what is America’s moral responsibility? Click through for their responses, which have been edited for clarity. 

  • Stanley Hauerwas, Professor emeritus of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School
  • William Galston, Senior fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Qamar-ul Huda, Senior program officer in the Religion & Peacemaking Center of the U.S. Institute of Peace
  • The Rev. Drew Christiansen, Jesuit priest and visiting scholar at Boston College and longtime adviser to the U.S. Catholic Bishops on international affairs
  • Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Chair of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons and author of “The World Is Not Ours To Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good”
  • Rabbi Michael Broyde, Professor of law and senior fellow, Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion
  • Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of international relations at Boston University

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