Donald Trump said something that is absolutely unacceptable in Catholic social doctrine: “I’m talking about a surgical strike on these ISIS stronghold cities using Trident missiles.” For those who are not aware, a Trident missile is a nuclear weapon with “seventy times the destructive power of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki” as R. Hobbus mentions in the article mentioned below.
The nuclear bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima killed thousands. Imagine something seventy times more powerful than that falling over Iraq and Syria. Not only would the Islamists be killed, but many civilians, not to mention the aftermath. We should learn from Chernobyl which was purely an accident but which resulted in lands as west as East Germany being infected by the chemical radiation. To this day, much of Belarus is infected by this accident and according to scientists is doomed to over a century of contaminated water, and agriculture livestock in addition to genetic defects, low birth rates, and a shorter life span. By using Trident missiles, Trump could be making these lands virtually uninhabitable.
Saint John Paul II wrote, “Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man” which “provides the opportunity to those who possess modern scientific weapons—especially atomic, biological, or chemical weapons” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2314) to commit atrocious acts.
I do not care about the killing of jihadis; my issue is with the civilians who would suffer both in the direct effects and the aftermath of releasing these missiles.