A JUST WAR? Was the United States justified in going to war against Mexico in 1846? I did a whole lot of research and read so much information about the events that led up to the United States decision to declare war on Mexico and I have come to the conclusion that my answer to that question would be no, absolutely not. I do not believe that the United States had the right to declare war against Mexico. I strongly disagree with people using such violence just to get something they lust after. In 1821, Mexico broke away from Spain, its mother country. Mexico was approximately the same size as the United States. Mexico’s main religion was Catholic, it was anti-slavery and it did not want to give up their control of Texas to the United States. The American settlers were mostly protestant, they were pro-slavery, and completely ignored Mexican authority. These complete differences between The United States and Mexico began causing some major problems. Bloody encounters between the two nations began exploding and things were looking pretty ugly. Through this violence, Texas finally won its independence from Mexico. Shortly afterwards, Texas applied to the United States Congress for annexation. Within the next nine years they applied twice but were denied both times. In late 1844, when James K. Polk was elected president of the United States, Texas was allowed the annexation. This is when the United States became determined to get what they wanted, at whatever the cost, and became the bully. President James K. Polk strongly believed and supported Manifest Destiny. This meant that it was God’s plan that America would extend through the whole territory from the East coast to the West coast. Before even a year in office, Congress decided to annex Texas. President Polk became extremely greedy and lustful. He couldn’t just stop at taking Texas, he needed more. He insisted upon taking California as well. In 1845 he sent General Zachary Taylor with over 3,000 troops into a highly disputed area of southern Texas. The United States and Mexico were in a terrible conflict over the border that divided the two countries. Mexico claimed that their border extended to the Nueces River. The United States claimed that their border extended to the Rio Grande.
The war that I think has some of the same similarities as the Biblical Just War is Operation Iraqi Freedom. It all stated back in October of 2001 and as many would say it is still going on to this present day. The war started when the Iraqi terrorists engaged in an unannounced attack on the US soil killing innocent people. The Americans declared war on the Iraqi nation out of retaliation. The U.S. has used and is still using all of its power to stabilize the country for the better. The current president…
Ethics – Just War
a.) Explain how the followers of the religion you have studied justify going to war
The issue of war, and how we relate to it, has been prominent in human civilisation all throughout history. The last century has seen the world through two worlds wars, plus plenty of smaller-scale ones too, that lead Robin Gill to say that “War has presented the 20th Century with perhaps its most crucial moral problem.” Even recently, there have civil wars, religious wars, those for economic resources…
the theory that peaceful rather than violent
or confrontational relations should govern human
intercourse and that arbitration should be used to
resolve disputes. Peace is easiest to define dialectically
as ‘opposition to war or violence’. It can be described
simply as anti-war or as non-violence.
Pacifism literally could be delineated as a love of
peace, or devotion to peace. Pacifism is a
philosophy that no value or gain could justify that the
use of violence takes priority over the commitment…
Just War Theory
One of the obvious realities of human existence is war. From the earliest recorded events of human history, through to modern times, human communities have engaged in armed conflict as a method of dispute resolution. Although war has been a constant part of the human experience, there has also been a tendency within virtually all human civilizations to limit the extent of war and the methods by which warfare may be conducted. The Just War Theory is the comparatively more fruitful…
Just War – Was the Vietnam War justifiable?
The Vietnam War occurred between the years of 1959-75, involving the Viet Cong against the Republic of Vietnam and the USA. It is arguable that the war was a civil war that the United States of America simply impeded on. Whether or not the involvement of the USA was justifiable comes is questionable.
United States: 58,119 killed, 153,303 wounded, 1,948 missing in action
South Vietnam 230,000 killed and 1,169,763 wounded (estimated)
Christianity preaches peace and loving your neighbor but for the history of christianity, there has been violence and war in its name. For Many years people have been killing other human beings in the name of christ or justifying their killings by saying that the war is in the name of god. The belief that violence and war can be justified is called the “Just War Theory.”
Just war is a war that is justified because it is necessary for peace to happen. Just war theory has…
Vietnam, Just or Unjust?
Some ask the question, was the Vietnam War just? Some may say yes it was just,and others say that it is unjust. However,Certain people view justice as slippery concept. There are always ways to get aroud justice, and that is why people believe that justice is a slippety concept. Even Plato one of the brightest of his time could not figure out whether war was just or unjust. A Certain individual, by the name of Aquinas, also attempted to elaborate his view on the war through…
Iraq and Just War Theory
February 13, 2014
A corrupt nation can only win so many times before the lies begins to unravel and questions begins to rise. There haves been many incident throughout the history where the actions takenook by the government could be ruled unjust, yet people always tend to be blinded by the reality that stands in front of them. A war may have many reasons behind it, but for it to be considered just, but it…
What is a just war in the eyes of the Catholic Church? In this paper I will tell you the main criteria for a war to be considered just. The Just War Doctrine was first introduced by St. Augustine of Hippo around 400 AD. St. Augustine got the just war theory through to the people by some of the books he had written. St. Augustine wrote dozens of books in his lifetime but he has two that really influenced the just war theory. The two books are City of God, and Confessions. Here is a piece…
“The ‘just cause’ stipulation of the just-war tradition assumes that nations have a prima facie right to self-defense. Usually, unprovoked aggression provides a just cause for a declaration of war by the victim. But even the basic right of self-defense cannot be held absolutely.” With this quote, philosopher Thomas O’Connor establishes that self-defense was not a pliable cause for the Southern attack on the North, regardless of what conflicts were under development between the Union and the Confederacy…