by Antonius Aquinas
Prior to the modern age, when war was engaged in combatants for the most part acted by a code of conduct which attempted to minimize civilian deaths and the destruction of non-participants’ property. With the onset of the “democratic” age and the idea of “total war,” such modes of conduct have tragically fallen by the wayside, the consequence of which has made warfare far more bloody and destructive.
The ultimate violation of “just warfare” has been the possession and use of nuclear weapons, which by their very nature cannot be reconciled with any notion of a civilized society. Of all the hysteria over “terrorism,” nuclear weapons are rarely discussed anymore, but are the ultimate form of terror.
Despite the obvious fact that nuclear weapons cannot be reconciled with any moral code of warfare, Western nation-states continue to possess them and the U.S. has actually used them in the final stages of WWII when it mercilessly bombed the Japanese civilian centers of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
While most modern scholarship has abandoned the older idea of moral conduct in warfare, the great libertarian theorist, Murray Rothbard, continued the venerable tradition in his thought and applied it not only to nuclear weapons, but bombing as well:
“Not only should there be joint disarmament of nuclear weapons, but also of all weapons capable of being fired massively across national borders; in particular bombers. It is precisely such weapons of mass destruction as the missile and the bomber which can never be pinpoint-targeted to avoid their use against innocent civilians.”
Rothbard continued: “[S]ince modern air and missile weapons cannot be pinpoint-targeted to avoid harming civilians, their very existence must be condemned.”
It is beyond hypocritical, therefore, that the U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons despite the fact that the nation’s leadership has consistently declared that it will not do so because of its religious beliefs. In June, President Trump called off retaliatory raids on Iranian targets after it downed a U.S. drone (which had flown into Iranian airspace), citing that it would cost the lives of some 150 people. In response, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif exposed the hypocrisy of the U.S.’s position on nuclear weapons:
“You were really worried about 150 people? How many people have you killed with a nuclear weapon? How many generations have you wiped out with these weapons?”
Zarif added: “It is us who, because of our religious views, will never pursue a nuclear weapon.”
Not only has Iran’s leadership consistently declared that it would not use or build nuclear weapons, but it has stood by its words. During the Iran-Iraq War (1980-‘88), Iraq (with U.S. knowledge) repeatedly used chemical weapons. Despite Iran’s protests to the U.N., it refused to take action — mainly because the U.S. through its position on the Security Council tabled any attempt to curtail Iraq’s nefarious actions.
Despite the flagrant violation of international law, Iran refused to retaliate, although it had the capacity and certain justification in doing so. . .
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