I have two goals in these remarks: to support Elshtain's Augustinian argument in her lecture that there can be no true peace with tyrannical regimes, and to critique the U.N. versus U.S. dichotomy that she employs in her most recent book, Just War Against Terror. This book was finished after September 11, 2001 and the war against the Taliban, but before the current U.S. administration began advocating a war to overthrow Hussein's dictatorship in Iraq. Yet the questions that her book raises have become even more relevant since the breakdown of our old alliances over the Iraq war.
John J. Davenport,
Just War Theory Requires A New Federation of Democratic Nations,
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