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North Korea, Nukes, and President Trump The Prudential and Moral Considerations of a Just War

BreakPoint: North Korea, Nukes, and President Trump
The Prudential and Moral Considerations of a Just War

by: John Stonestreet & G. Shane Morris

The war rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. turned nuclear this week, literally. Thankfully, Christians have thought about these things before.

U.S. intelligence now believes that North Korea—currently under the rule of a despicable, evil, irrational dictatorship—has capability to mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Kim Jong Un has said he’ll never give up his pursuit of nuclear weapons, and just this week, he threatened attacks on the U.S. mainland and the
U. S. territory of Guam.

In response, President Trump warned that if these threats continue, North Korea will face “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Rhetoric aside, the President does face a very grave dilemma: how to prevent North Korea from following through on its threats. The prudential and moral considerations here are colossal. He and our entire national security team need our prayers.

What he doesn’t need is bad advice. One evangelical advisor made headlines saying that the president had been anointed by God to “take out” Kim Jong Un by “by any means possible.”

“By any means possible” is a Machiavellian response, not a Christian one. And I know Chuck Colson would have said so too.

Chuck, a former Marine Captain and advisor to President Nixon, was no pacifist. But he was a disciplined Christian thinker who talked frequently about “just war theory.” He knew the rich wisdom about war from those who had gone before was an antidote to hyper-emotional reactionism.

To give you a taste, here’s Chuck, from 2009:

Chuck Colson: For nearly two millennia, Christian thinkers starting with Augustine… have developed what is known as the just war theory. For a war to be seen as just, it must meet several conditions. It must be waged by legitimate authority. The cause itself must be just, as well as the intention behind going to war. War must be a last resort, waged by means proportional to the threat. We must not target non-combatants, and we must have a reasonable chance of success.

John: Let’s unpack this criteria. First, the intent of the war has to be just. Is preventing an irrational dictatorship from using nuclear weapons a just cause? Yes, but it raises other questions. Is a preemptive strike morally just? Chuck felt so in certain cases and he cited Christian precedent. But in the years after the preemptive invasion of Iraq, he admitted that hindsight showed the intelligence leading to the attack was faulty. So U. S. intelligence must be correct about the status of North Korea’s capabilities.

Second, for a war to be just, there must be a reasonable chance of success. That means success must be achievable, and it must be defined. In this case, is it the toppling of Kim Jong Un, or just removing his capability of producing and delivering nuclear weapons?

Third, is war a last resort? Are all other avenues closed? This is almost always the final hinge on which a just decision swings.

Fourth, we must not target non-combatants. A U. S. attack on North Korea should focus on their leadership and nuclear facilities. But we must also consider civilian cost to our allies. If North Korea has time to retaliate against an attack, experts warn of hundreds of thousands if not millions of South Korean, perhaps even Japanese, civilian casualties.

Fifth, is our response proportional to the threat? “Fire and fury like the world has never seen” is a vague answer to that question. Are we talking cruise missiles here, or tactical nuclear weapons?

As Chuck said back in 2009, these are tough questions for any leader. And he knew, having served in the White House at the side of a president.

So Christian, we must pray to the God of history and nations for wisdom for our leaders and for a just end to the evil regime in North Korea. And, in our words, whether we’re advising the President or own children about this situation, we must be thoughtful and morally considerate, not emotionally reactive.

Scaramucci no conservative, warns an actual conservative

A Washington, D.C.-based conservative activist says fellow conservatives should be concerned about Anthony Scaramucci’s presence at the White House.

The flamboyant financier landed at the White House last week with the title of communications director, but Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union says conservatives need to keep an eye on the tough-talking New York liberal.

“And make sure that he’s not going off message,” says Knight, “that he doesn’t have a personal agenda, that he isn’t retreating into what appears to be a very liberal background.”

News outlets reported earlier this week that Scaramucci’s past social media tweets reveal support for abortion, same-sex marriage, and tougher gun laws, and he opposedto a border wall with Mexico.

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Tucker tries to debate someone who calls those on the other side of the transgender-military debate names

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Trump Bans Transgender People Serving in Military (Good for him )

It is good to have a President who knows the job of the military is to fight, and win wars, not to advance some group’s agenda. Here is the story.

Here is a man who needs his mouth washed out with soap. He also needs to learn something about respect.

I believe those who don’t respect President Trump, and did not respect President Obama are really not respecting God. It tells us in the Bible God is the one who puts leaders in power, and he is the one who removes power from leader. You may not agree with a leader on an issue, or behavior in his life. That is ok. You are free todo that, but you must do it in a way that shows honor to the leader.

Last night there was a story on a local channel about ( guy kicked out for anti Trump shirt ) a man who was kicked out of an eating place for having a F…..Trump shirt on. This guy I believe had his kids with him. That man showed disrespect to President Trump, and the Lord. It used to be kids would get spanked, or have soap put in their mouths for doing something like this. How sadly times have changed that adults wear shirts which read blank the President.

His sticker supporting Trump troubled me ( if the sticker read down with President Trump I bet it would not trouble your friends on the left )

Dear Amy: We would like your insight into a moral dilemma that we recently faced. We are a progressive, Democratic household.

Being in need of the services of a contractor, we called to obtain advice and to get an estimate from a contractor who we have been doing business with for years (he is locally regarded as the best and most knowledgeable in his field).

When he arrived for his consultation the other day, we noticed that his work truck had a bumper sticker in support of the current president.

We did not say anything, but were disappointed to learn of his political affiliation. We spent the next few days trying to decide if we should use the contractor’s services or take our business elsewhere (there are few, if any, alternatives in the area).

We ultimately decided to use his services, but we held our nose while signing the contract.

Is it wrong to apply a political litmus test?
( Read the answer Amy gave here. )

Putting Personality Above Policy

Read, or listen to the commentary here.

Pastor: Punish wrongdoers here – they face death back in Iraq

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President Trump rejects Obama Cuba policy

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President Trump is wrong to trust Saudi Arabia ( would he trust the KKK to make sure the civil rights laws are followed )

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