Fall 2002"The War Horse is a vain hope for victory, and by it's great might it cannot save."
— Psalm 33:17
"The "Just War" theory [Augustine 4th century] is, I wish to suggest, a useful aid in helping us today in thinking about the impending war with Iraq. "Just War" theory says that for any war to be morally acceptable, a number of conditions must be met. The war must be one of self-defense, against an act of aggression, and undertaken only as a last resort. The war must be authorized by a legitimate government, must have clearly articulated goals, and must have a reasonable chance of success. The war must be conducted with means proportional to the ends and with a minimum involvement of non-combatants. When I apply these criteria to the war for which plans are underway, I am left with many questions and serious doubts as to its moral justifications. I am not, let me say, one who doubts the motives or good intentions of our leaders. They are, I believe, people of integrity who are doing what they think is the good and necessary thing. They may be right. They know things I do not. But, I remain unconvinced that war with Iraq can be morally justified."
— Dr. Eugene C. Bay
"In the time of your life, live-so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart. Be the inferior of no man, nor of any man be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle, but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret. In the time of your life, live-so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it."
— William Saroyan c. 1939
May we move with wisdom and courage. May we not be a part of the fear or hang back with the brutes.