The Distinction Between Sin and Crime
As agreeable as that summation may seem, realize that foreign policy is not guided by the principle of individual rights. Journo expounds:
From examining the intentions and actions of our military in the field, it becomes obvious that what animated Bush’s policy was the notion of bringing elections and social services to Iraq and Afghanistan—not protecting American lives. And while Obama wants to be seen as the anti-Bush, his approach is animated by a similar goal. In his high-profile speech in Cairo [in 2008], he promised to fund and create “centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.” What’s common here is the moral idea behind these policies—the idea that America must serve the meek and needy of the earth. We argue in the book that this conventional outlook on morality has shaped American foreign policy, and that the effect has been inimical to our liberty and security.
Peacemaking takes on a different character under objective morality. Whereas the current sense of the word evokes diplomatic ploys and decades-long, blue-helmeted occupations, the objective sense looks more like the nuclear bomb. That is not to say that war should be sought or engaged in lightly, but that it should be waged as if actual war, with its end being the utter annihilation of an enemy state. There is no obligation to rebuild foreign infrastructure, reform foreign government, or win foreign hearts and minds. The proper obligation of a government at war remains the same as when it enjoys peace, to protect the rights of citizens.
The objective moral approach to public policy may be uncomfortable to the religious, such as my Christian brethren. A world where drug abuse and gay unions are tolerated while innocents are killed in foreign wars fails to meet righteous biblical standards. Even so, are we commissioned with crafting a righteous world? At what time and in what manner has government made men holy? Justification and sanctification are the work of God in the lives of his elect, not the purpose of civil law. Under government which protects our rights, the faithful are free to exercise their religion and pursue a kingdom not of this world. That should more than satisfy.
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