Ok, we all make mistakes and I’m a big enough man to admit when I’ve made one. Well, I’ve made one. Chalk it up to writing under the influence of Maximum Strength Robitussin® or carelessness or a combination of the two. I overlooked something as I was typing up my last post on the attacks on Libya and this oversight changes everything. Like I said in the previous post, I’m coming at it from the perspective of Just War as Christian Discipleship. That means all criteria must be honored. In my previous post, I said
In my assessment, there is a just cause, a right intent, and a reasonable chance for success. I am slightly less certain concerning last resort. Legitimate authority is even more murky.
That uncertainty should have led me to conclude that not all the criteria were being honored. Instead I turned the just war tradition into a checklist and ended up doing what I have fought against, using just war to support public policy.
For that reason, I must retract my assessment from my previous post and I must state that the actions of the US in attacking Libya are, in fact, unjust.
This should have been my assessment from the beginning.