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Apr 09

European Opposition to American Just War

The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

Europe and America have very different ideas on the meaning of just war. In the war against Iraq, it is a subject that has received intense scrutiny and debate on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The European commitment to the welfare state turns them away from military strength, even military self-sufficiency, and makes military confrontation basically unthinkable. This is true even when the cause is just, such as removing a threatening and oppressive regime from power. This is an important reason for the European opposition to the war in Iraq. The pessimism about Europe's own future makes Europeans easily resentful of others, especially the United States.

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Michael Novak
George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy
and Director of Social and Political Studies,
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

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Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

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