Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices
War and National Security
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Jewish Publication Society
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No book—let alone a series of books—comes about without the creative energy and support of many people. We wish to thank, first and foremost, Ellen Frankel, Editor Emerita of The Jewish Publication Society, for her vision in first conceiving of this series and for her willingness to entrust it to our editorship. The JPS National Council played a critical role early on...
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SOME TRADITIONS do not approve of war under any circumstances. For example, Quakers, as a matter of conscience, do not fight in any wars, even if attacked. On the other end of the spectrum, ancient Roman religions valorized warriors as heroes. Furthermore, the language of “holy war” has appeared a number of times throughout the course of...
CASE 1: NATIONAL SECURITY
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THE ATTACK on the United States on September 11, 2001 starkly raised the question of what responses to terrorist attacks are appropriate, both domestically and internationally...
CASE 2: JUSTIFICATIONS FOR WAR
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Since 1941, the United States has engaged in a variety of military conflicts, some of that were clearly justifiable, and some less so. They have included: World War II (1941–45), the Korean War (1950–53), the Vietnam War (early 1960s–1975), the invasion of Grenada...
CASE 3: THE CONDUCT OF WAR
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Jason is a Jewish American soldier in his second year of army service. He is stationed in a foreign country in which the U.S. is engaged in military operations. He is 20 years old...
CASE 4: NATIONAL POLICIES CONCERNING WAR
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“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” So spoke then-President Dwight...
Conclusion: The Ethics of War and National Security
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WAR IS, of course, a wrenchingly difficult subject that demands serious thought and consideration. Among the issues that are central to any theory on the morality of war are the balancing of national security with freedom, justifications for war, rules of conduct during...
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Editors and Contributors
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Publication Year: 2008