Today comes appalling news from Iraq that the city of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian centre of population, has fallen to the barbaric Jihadists set loose in Arabia by the Neo-Con regimes.
An estimated one hundred thousand Catholic men, women and children from Qaraqosh and the Nineveh plains, fleeing without food or water, are desperately trying to escape the Jihadist hordes who, according to revelations by former United States CIA, DIA and NSA operative Edward Snowden, are a covert operations creation of Israel and the USA. In pursuing a 'Clash of Civilisations', by means of their tried and tested process of 'Creative Destruction', they envisage a successful conclusion to the aims sought for in their Project for the New American Century.
This would be a good time for Catholics to reacquaint themselves with two important works published during the Neo-Con wars in Iraq.
Neo-Conned! Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq
Neo-Conned! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness and the Rape of Iraq
This two-volume anthology on the Iraq war, looks at the conflict in light of the perennial tradition of the Church's Just War doctrine, along with other legal, political, and historical considerations.
The aim of the anthology is three-fold:
(1) to recover and re-assert the true Just War doctrine in the face of its corruption by so-called Catholic Neo-Conservatives who claim a right to attack a sovereign nation that has not committed an act of aggression;
(2) to expose the sadly profound immorality of the Western Allies treatment of Iraq in the run-up to the March 2003 invasion and during the decade preceding; and
(3) to illustrate the bankruptcy of the modern political categories of 'Left' and 'Rght', "Democrat" and "Republican", "Liberal" and "Conservative", by bringing together an eclectic group of pundits, journalists, historians, and other scholars in a collection that transcends the sterile boundaries of current politics and tackles issues in view of the only criteria that matter: truth or falsehood, accuracy or error, honesty or deceit.
It is, of course, according to these criteria that the Church's moral and political wisdom has so much to offer, and no modern case better illustrates this fact than the war in Iraq and its implications under just-war doctrine.