The Neoconservative Problem


As many know, I typically criticize progressives when it comes to social issues.  That does not mean, however, that I let conservatives go free.

Catholic clergy, including in Syria, have called out Trump’s neoconservative policy change on Syria of airstrikes [1].  As I noted yesterday, 9 of 16 people killed were civilians.  Yet the neoconservatives like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan continue to shake their pom poms.

Of course Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic in name, says it was “proportional” [2].  I would like to ask her how is this proportional.  We’re talking about a small country thousands of miles away from the U.S. which has not been involved in any wars with any U.S. ally in quite some time, which by the way has not made any threats whatsoever against the U.S. regardless of how much Syria has been bullied.

Apart from the fact we still do not know who unleashed the nerve gas, the Catechism says, “Legitimate public authority has the right and duty to inflict punishment proportionate to the gravity of the offense” (n. 2266).  How is it proportionate, even if it’s moderate compared to the attack made allegedly by the target, if there is no evidence the target was behind the attack?

How is it proportionate if military action results in a small, weak government being made significantly weaker that many more civilians fall victim to Islamic jihadis?  And Trump apparently is saying there’s more where that came from [3].





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