pbs is showing a 3 part special called “becoming american: the chinese experience.” http://www.becomingamerican.org/program_overview.html i watched the first segment tonight, really interesting, and parts of it were really sad. parts 2 and 3 are on wed. and thurs. night, 8pm central. if anyone can tape it (preferably off cable) that’d be awesome. our tv/vcr combo didn’t tape tonight’s very well at all.
on an entirely different note, i’ve been thinking about just war theory – here’s a little blurb about it:
Just War Theory – developed by Augustine (354-430) and refined by Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274). According to the theory, to be just, a war must meet six conditions:
(1) It must be conducted by a legitimate authority which explicitly serves notice that it intends to use military power to attain its objectives.
(2) It must be intended for the advancement of good or for the avoidance of evil.
(3) It must be undertaken only as a last resort.
(4) The good anticipated from the war must outweigh the evil done in the pursuit of war.
(5) There must be a reasonable expectation of success in the effort.
(6) It must be conducted according to the internationally accepted rules of warfare, never going beyond certain agreed-upon moral constraints. By the last requirement such things as attacks on nonmilitary targets, unnecessary destruction, looting, and massacres are prohibited.
we talked about this stuff a few weeks ago at church in a discussion format. at the time (pre-war) some people talked about how #s 3 and 4 seem pretty iffy in our current case. and also how as followers of Jesus we are called to thoughtful evaluation of govt. leaders, not just blind following. my brain is still chewing on this stuff, but yeah, just something i’ve been thinking and praying about.