Looking back, the victory in the Persian Gulf conveniently capped
off the end of the Cold War era. Before then, our foreign policy had
been guided by the threat of highly ideological opponents, at least
back to the 1930's. Although our presumptions of such principled
divisions were seriously tested during and after the Vietnam era,
they continued to serve as demarcations up to the very eve of this
decade. What direction should foreign policy have taken after the
fall of the Soviet Union? It had certainly been easier to define
international matters when Nazis or Communists threatened the
world. But as conflicts resorted back to the more primitive sort
(regional, ethnic and religious), we hardly knew how to react. Now
we are committed to an engagement in just such an old-fashioned
type of conflict, Nazi-like overtones aside, that may involve the
deployment of American ground troops and the entanglement of a
fair portion of our overall military might. What principles should
guide us in evaluating these events?
—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe
The Slaughter of the Innocents: Kosovo and Just War Theory
Charles W. Colson
Should we be involved in this conflict in Kosovo? What would the
Just War theory dictate that we do?
The Slaughter of the Innocents: Why America Must Act Decisively to Free Kosova
D. W. Tedder, Ph.D.
A rebuttal to Colson's article.
U.S. Has Right to Bomb, But is Bombing Right?
Larry P. Arnn
What would Winston Churchill say about our strategy in Kosovo?
Previous foreign policy blunders and the current lack of a definitive
plan call into question the ability of this administration to effectively
handle this situation.
Avoiding Another Balkan Quagmire in Kosovo
Although written before the bombing campaign began, this article
provides insight to the dangers that the United States might face in
Kosovo, even with the support of NATO allies.
Onward Christian Soldiers? Christian Perspectives on War
Timothy J. Demy
What should be the Christian attitude and response to the death,
destruction, and devastation caused by war?
The Responsibilities of Power
Sven F. Kraemer
What should our role be in the post-Cold War world? This book
review of George Weigel's Idealism Without Illusions: U.S. Foreign
Policy in the 1990s provides some valuable insights on this topic.
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