by writer Michael Heise

Before the end of 2014, The Washington Post published an article insinuating that Rand Paul is not electable due to his light(er) stance on foreign policy. Tucked away in this article was a much scarier social commentary.

The article pulled info from a joint CNN/ORC poll that conducted phone interviews with 1055 people over the course of three days from Sept 25th to 28th in 2014. The questions had to do with their opinion of America’s role in foreign policy, and the answers are sadly staggering.

For example: “If you had to choose, would you describe yourself more as a hawk, that is someone who believes that military force should be used frequently to promote U.S. policy; or as more of a dove, that is someone who believes the U.S. should rarely or never use military force?”

The results?

Hawk: 45%

Dove: 50%

No Opinion: 5%

That’s right. Projecting that poll across the general population shows that nearly half of America are bloodthirsty warmongers. This would explain why so many Americans are cheering and celebrating a known liar and murderer who helped devastate Iraq – to the point that it could be taken over by Isis – in an illegal and unconstitutional occupation of that country.

But more importantly than that, America is a country whose adult population identifies as 83% Christian. Christianity is a religion that allegedly identifies with a doctrine known as the “Just War Theory”, which was widely developed and expanded on by Thomas Aquinas, one of Christianity’s most prominent philosophers and theologians. The Just War Theory establishes the pre-requisites to what constitutes a morally justifiable war, and how to morally engage in that war.

The first tenet speaks the loudest in this case:

Just cause – The reason for going to war needs to be just and cannot therefore be solely for recapturing things taken or punishing people who have done wrong; innocent life must be in imminent danger and intervention must be to protect life. A contemporary view of just cause was expressed in 1993 when the US Catholic Conference said: “Force may be used only to correct a grave, public evil, i.e., aggression or massive violation of the basic human rights of whole populations.”

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