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Making a Difference: War with Iran -- not a Catholic option

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"Two wrongs don't make a right." 
Just think how much better each one of us and the world would be, if we held fast to this morally correct common sense proverb. But unfortunately, common sense and morality are often not considered when we feel we have been wronged.

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Two wrongs don't make a right. It takes strong moral courage to break the violent cycle of giving back hurt for hurt. For it takes love to make a right.

Two wrongs don't make a right. It takes strong moral courage to break the violent cycle of giving back hurt for hurt. For it takes love to make a right.

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By Tony Magliano
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
1/21/2020 (5 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iran, War, Catholic, Middle East, World War 3, World War, Iraq, United States

Instead, and often tragically so, the unholy act of retaliation is a frequent response. And even when considering retaliation from just a logical perspective, it doesn't make sense. Historically, as well as currently, it is clearly observed that retaliation, instead of deterring further aggression, nearly always perpetuates it, creating an ongoing cycle of violence. 

Retaliation is especially illogical and immoral when doing so could lead to war. President Trump's decision to assassinate Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is a case in point -- notwithstanding Soleimani's murderous reputation. 

As reported in The Atlantic (see: https://bit.ly/2FDYgYk), Elissa Slotkin, a Democratic representative and former CIA analyst focused on Shia militias, said in a statement that she'd seen friends and colleagues killed or hurt by Iranian weapons under Soleimani's guidance when she served in Iraq. She said she was involved in discussions during both the Bush and Obama administrations about how to respond to his violence. Neither opted for assassination. 

"What always kept both Democratic and Republican presidents from targeting Soleimani himself was the simple question: Was the strike worth the likely retaliation, and the potential to pull us into protracted conflict?" she said. "The two administrations I worked for both determined that the ultimate ends didn't justify the means. The Trump Administration has made a different calculation."

In addition to considering the added harm retaliation would bring, Slotkin's pointing out "that the ultimate ends didn't justify the means" is a step in the direction of the ironclad Catholic moral principle which insists that even a good end does not justify an evil means. That is, the means used to accomplish a good end must also be good. No exceptions! And in light of the Gospel, violence is always an evil means.

In his new year's address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited by the Holy See, Pope Francis expressed deep concern regarding tensions between Iran and the United States which risks "setting the groundwork for a vaster conflict that all of us would want to avert." He appealed that escalation of the conflict be avoided and to "keep alive the flame of dialogue and self-restraint" (see: https://bit.ly/2QEXbWQ).

In his 2003 address to the Diplomatic Corps, St. John Paul II emphatically proclaimed that war "is always a defeat for humanity."

As the U.S. approaches the federal holiday honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is especially appropriate to reflect on his thoughts regarding such matters: "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. 

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"Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. ... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Two wrongs don't make a right. It takes strong moral courage to break the violent cycle of giving back hurt for hurt. For it takes love to make a right.

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Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag6@comcast.net.  

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