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Religion911IraqHandout09 - George W Bush 2 nd Inaugural...

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Religion 261 Religion, Iraq, and 9/11 Responses to 9/11 1) Politics and Economics not Religion 2) Religion is the problem 3) Abuse of religion is the problem Clash of Civilizations? Attitudes to War 1) Holy War 2) Realism 3) Pacifism 4) Just War/Jihad tradition Is the war in Iraq a just war? “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one…So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. This is not the primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary….Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.”
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Unformatted text preview: George W. Bush, 2 nd Inaugural Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came….With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. Abraham Lincoln, 2 nd Inaugural Recommended Further Reading: James Turner Johnson, The Holy War Idea in Western and Islamic Traditions John Kelsay, Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations...
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