Tag Archives: Peace

ENDNOTE: The ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas



The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”
By Thomas DiLorenzo
July 7, 2014

*** begin quote ***

Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.

*** and ***

An illustration of this crazed, murderous philosophy that is offered by Rothbard is a congratulatory letter to Woodrow Wilson from his son-in-law, fellow pietist “progressive” William Gibbs McAdoo, the Secretary of the Treasury, for having plunged America into the European War.  “You have done a great job nobly!“, wrote McAdoo. I firmly believe that it is God’s will that America should do this transcendent service for humanity throughout the world and that you are His chosen instrument.” There were more than sixteen million deaths in World War I, including some 7 million civilians.

Such “religious” fanaticism provided a moral cover of sorts for the armaments industry and others who supported (and support) war for monetary reasons only.  Some things never change.

*** end quote ***

I remember studying St. Thomas Aquinas and the Just War in grammar school.

Finally a topic I could relate to. I loved Cowboy and War Movies.

The Brothers were (i think) all WW2 and Korean vets. And they had a very unique insight and urge that this was one of the more important things we could learn.

And then came VietNam.

Early on, I was a chicken hawk. But very very quickly, I became anti-war. As more people I knew went into the meat grinder, or went to Canada, and the bodies mounted up, I realize the Aquinas was of so right.

Even today, the only truly Peace Candidate, Ron Paul, was sneered and labeled a “crazy isolationist”. Our fellow alum, Rudy was destroyed by Ron Paul and “blowback”.

All for naught.

War, more war, and tyranny.

Where will it all end?

The best we can hope for is peaceful secession; the worst is more and escalating violence.


Dona Nobis Pacem

# – # – # – # – #   

The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

Email Print



Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.

ENDNOTE: No strategic interests in Syria


Look Before you Leap Mr President!

By Eric Margolis

August 31, 2013

*** begin quote ***

Let’s also recall how North Vietnam was drenched with the toxic Agent Orange, how the resisting Iraq city of Falluja was showered by white phosphorous, how Iraq was permanently contaminated by radioactive depleted uranium. These foul weapons also kill babies.

At least many Americans seem to have learned caution from the campaign of neocon lies that led them into the 2003 Iraq invasion, one of the biggest disasters and shames in US history. Even some usually bellicose Republicans are urging the Nobel Peace prize winner in the White House and his entourage of bloodthirsty liberals to slow his rush to war and consult Congress.

More tellingly, Gen. Colin Powell, who disgraced himself before the world by parroting the Bush administration’s lies about Iraq now also urges caution over Syria.

Powell is right. The US has lost its last two “crusades” in Afghanistan and Iraq. The US has no strategic interests in Syria beyond an obsession to overthrow Iran’s disobedient government.

*** end quote ***

Sorry, but I’m a little L libertarian pro-life pro-choice anti-war peace kinda fellow.

What say we MYOB?

I’ve written my letter to “my” political “representatives”. (For all the good that will do. They no more “represent” me, than I “represent” the young thin fellow in my own mind!)

This just shows that the faux anti-war protests against Bush were just political Democratic astroturf.


Why do Catholics not speak up?

Where is the “Just War” discussion?

It’s immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

# – # – # – # – #   

POSITRACTION: Would you cut off your own finger?


Pope welcomes Archbishop of Canterbury
CWN – June 14, 2013

*** begin quote ***

Pope Francis met on June 14 with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, and the two affirmed the need for a shared Christian witness and joint efforts to promote social justice and peace.

Greeting the Anglican leader to the Vatican, Pope Francis used the words that Pope Paul VI had used when an earlier Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, had visited in 1996. The Pontiff welcomed Dr. Welby “not as a guest or a stranger, but as a fellow citizen of the saints and the family of God.”

*** end quote ***

Interesting that these two leaders can put aside differences and celebrate the similarities.

With “Secular Progressive” threats to any organization of faith, it’s important to recognize our common humanity. 

Isn’t that what the Parable of the Good Samaritan is all about?

Friendly rivalry is fine. We all know that Fordham students have to sleep with the Ram to be admitted. But, we have to recognize the boundaries of common sense. After all, Alma Mater doesn’t have a Law School and Fordham did lend us a “President”. 

I’m sure we can find important causes to join together against — Saint John’s, Notre Dame, … Syracuse?

I like the Dali Lama’s expression: “We are all fingers on the same hand; would you cut off your own finger?”

Dona Nobis Pacem

# – # – # – # – #   

MFOUND: Students from Manhattan College joined members of the Muslim and Jewish community


Different faiths unite to beautify synagogue – News 12 Bronx
News 12 Bronx (registration)
Students from Manhattan College joined members of the Muslim and Jewish community to restore Beis Mechem synagogue. (April 21, 2013 6:08 PM). People from many faiths came together to help beautify the shared space inside the Masjid al Iman Cultural …

PARKCHESTER – People from many faiths came together to help beautify the shared space inside the Masjid al Iman Cultural Center in Parkchester today.

The center opened its doors to the Orthodox Jewish community in Parkchester, which had no other place to pray. They have been sharing the space, a synagogue inside of a mosque, since 2009.

Students from Manhattan College, a Catholic school, joined members of the Muslim and Jewish community to restore Beis Mechem synagogue.

The volunteers will return to finish the job on May 12.

*** end quote ***

# – # – # – # – #  2013-Apr-22 @ 12:23  

ENDNOTE: AN attack on civilization


28 arrested for Mag Mile, CTA mob ‘disturbances’ and fighting
BY BRIAN SLODYSKO AND ALLISON HORTON Staff Reporters March 30, 2013 10:32PM

*** begin quote ***

… …  and a group of women were attacked on a CTA train.

*** end quote ***

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

I note that this women were denied an “equalizer”; this being the Pepuls Republik of Chick-ago!

Do you think that even the POSSIBILITY of these women having effective tools to defend themselves might have stopped this?

The phrase in popular culture I believe that is operative is: “the witches be crazy”!

Imagine if just one of the women was armed with a modest handgun. Say a nice pink girlie 380!

What would have the headline read?

<the sound of crickets chirping>

Because these young gentlemen would have excused themselves as fast as possible and went how to change shorts.

Or, if they had watched too many Hollywood movies, they’d have been put down like the mad dogs they are.

If we can’t have peace, then let’s make sure that the battle of the sexes is a battle of equals.

Oh, and when I pass muster, I’ll be packing. Us fat old white guy injineers are not up to a physical fight anymore, so I’ll be carrying my tool.

As a little L libertarian pro-lifer, I’ll do all I can to avoid using it. Sticks ‘n’ stones will not be tolerated. 

Why do “Liberals” fail to trust women to NOT be crazy? I can understand fat old white guy injineers; we’re all nuts. But, the nonsense has to stop.

# – # – # – # – #   

JHQ: Just Peace is a social action group at MC


*** begin quote ***

Just Peace is a social action group here at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY working towards peace and justice in our world. We are passionate about a wide array of issues including (but not limited to) war and peace, human rights, fair trade, human tracking, and hunger and homelessness. We currently meet every Wednesday at 4pm in Cornerstone (MGL 209)  ALL ARE WELCOME

*** end quote ***

# – # – # – # – #  2012-Apr-16 @ 08:58

ENDNOTE: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] posts a pic; prompts a rant




Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984]

# – # – #

[JR: He has a moving image on his blog. (I don't have permission to reproduce it here.) Take a peek and then read on.]

# – # – #

[JR: Back? Good. If not, go and come back.]

# – # – #

[JR: If your eyes are like mine the inscription was hard to read.]


[JR: Will we? Do we? I think not! They are just more victims of an illusion. Think those girls (No knock on them, they are a proxy for all the living) think like that. I liked Ron Paul's peace plan. "Bring them all home!" It time to demonstrate our understanding about "government" as the meme that kills. It's all a mass delusion. And, it cost people -- their lives, their fortunes, and their loved ones. Let's be like Switzerland. A porcupine. Bring all our boys and girls home. It's time Americans grew up. We Jaspers have to be the eloquent champions of peace. "Dona Nobis Pacem"]

# # # # #

ENDNOTE: It’s not “war”; it was murder


March 9, 1945: Burning the Heart Out of the Enemy from Wired Top Stories by Tony Long

*** begin quote ***

1945: In the single deadliest air raid of World War II, 330 American B-29s rain incendiary bombs on Tokyo, touching off a firestorm that kills upwards of 100,000 people, burns a quarter of the city to the ground, and leaves a million homeless.

*** and ***

Tokyo immediately burst into flames. The combination of incendiaries, the way they were dropped, windy weather conditions and lack of coordinated firefighting on the ground resulted in a firestorm similar to what occurred two years previously in Hamburg, and only a month before in Dresden. Temperatures on the ground in Tokyo reached 1,800 degrees in some places.

The human carnage was appalling; bomber crews coming in near the tail end of the raid reported smelling the stench of charred human flesh as they passed over the burning capital.

*** and ***

The firebombing campaign, coupled with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are believed to have killed more than 1 million Japanese civilians between March and August of 1945.

*** end quote ***

[JR: My Dad, an XO on a LCI, got to Japan and saw some of the destruction. He didn't talk much about it, except if he had a large supply of adult refreshment. I can remember one "discussion" with an uncle who was a WW1 vet. Before I got shoved out, I remember him saying: "there's no excuse for murder. it wasn't war." Anytime, I read these descriptions I think of that personal testimony. And, as I wrote in my book: "How can one human being do this to another?" Sadly.]

# # # # #

MFound: Among Cora Weiss’ many awards are the Peace Studies Medal of Manhattan College


Cora Weiss
From SourceWatch

Cora Weiss, “President of the Hague Appeal for Peace, has been well known as a peace activist since the early ‘60’s, when she was a co-founder of Women Strike for Peace which played a major role in bringing about the end of nuclear testing in the atmosphere. She was a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement, organized demonstrations, including the largest one on November 15, 1969 in Washington, DC. As Co-Chair and Director of the Committee of Liaison with Families of Prisoners Detained in Vietnam, she organized the exchange of mail between families and POW’s in Vietnam which revealed and names of those alive and arranged for and accompanied some returning POW pilots. For ten years Ms Weiss was a volunteer teacher in the NY City public school system.

{Extraneous Deleted}

“Among Ms. Weiss’ many awards are the Peace Studies Medal of Manhattan College …

{Extraneous Deleted}

# # # # #

JEmail: Toner, Michael (MC1972) recommends Fr. John Dear’s speech

From: Michael Toner (MC1972)
Date: October 5, 2008 4:30:55 PM EDT
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 40 – 2008 Oct 05

Dear F. John,

I have heard John Dear speak on a number of occasions and he is quite inspiring. Whether or not you agree with his pacifist ideals, his words and his actions are a challenge to all of us to consider how Jesus asks us to live. Fr. John is the real deal, having put his own life and freedom on the line a number of times to live out his beliefs. I would heartily recommend his talk to any who are able to attend.

mike toner
bee ‘72
buffalo, ny

[JR: Interesting. Pacifism is different than non-violence is different than non-aggression. None of which are practiced in DC. Nor are either O or McC; nor JoeB or SarahP. The only candidate that was 'non-aggression' was RonP. Sigh!]

# # # # #