The War Against Terrorism

Questions whether America’s war against terrorism should be considered a ‘just’ or ‘unjust’ war.

Is there such a thing as a just war? We Americans mostly feel so, such as in 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked and in 1991, when we assisted Kuwait in its fight against Iraq. Other wars, most notably the Vietnam War, virtually tore this nation apart. Every day we were in Vietnam, there was almost as much press coverage given to the nationwide protests as to reports about the war itself. Now, Americans are once again fighting, but this time a different kind of foe. Is it a just war, as proffered by luminaries such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and others?