Sunday, January 28, 2007

Robert McNamara- The Fog of War and the Concept of Proportionality

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This is an excerpt from the 2005 film "The Fog of War" which was probably the most important film of the year. Its really too bad that more people did not see or internalize the lessons of this film... especially the fundamentalist "Christian" element whose party of choice has held political sway in this country for the last several years.

At the end of this clip McNamara makes the point that the human race has yet to seriously grapple with the "rules" of warfare- as in the concept of "just warfare" which has been debated in Church history but not much in the general population- and he asks the question, "what makes something immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?"

Can you answer that question? Can you answer that question from a Christian point of view? Are the answers the same? If not...why not?

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