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Conflicts - War on Iraq at a balanced view Just War Theory After a few attempts of outlining the rules of a Just War Thomas Aquinas finally presented his version and it seemed the most acceptable You have a just cause said Aquinas when you are defending yourself You have to have right authority be a government you need to have a right intention not just love violence you need to have a good outcome more good should result than the evil of violence you need to be proportional not use more force than necessary you need to have a reasonable hope for success peace should result and it must be the very last resort all diplomacy must be exhausted War on Iraq is hard to justify There are those who believe that Bush did not follow the Just War Theory when he declared war on Iraq Yet there are also those who believe that Bush made the right decision and did more or less consider the Just War Theory Did Bush oppose the Just War Theory Susan B Thistlethwaite wrote a report in November 2002 stating that in her opinion president Bush went COMPLETELY against the Just War Theory it is Americans who have become the Barbarians she mentions in her report The first rule of the Just War Theory in most sources is to have a just cause which is the right to defend yourself Though it could also be comprehended as having a good reason for going to war If the just cause means self defense then in some peoples opinion president Bush was only defending himself from a pre-emptive attack He believed that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction WMD though he has been yet unable to come up with any strong evidence to support this assumption On the other hand some people feel that the criterion of a Just cause is about serious wrongs to
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