Lethargic IITian
Musings of a 20-something lethargic IITian on India and Catholicism.

Monday, February 10, 2003  

From the Catholic News Service:

U.S. theologian Michael Novak made a case for war on Iraq to a skeptical Vatican audience, arguing that military action was justified under traditional self-defense principles and not under some new concept of preventive war.

Atleast an American Catholic is not indulging in shrill anti-Church rhetoric and bringing up the sex scandal, moral authority of Church etc etc. Novak seems to have presented his points in a rational, reasonable manner. However, some of his comments are still cause for concern:

Novak rejected accusations, including some made by Vatican sources, that the United States' true interest in Iraq was oil reserves, and he said some of the Vatican rhetoric seemed based in emotional, European anti-Americanism.

"If we wanted oil, why didn't we just take it 12 years ago (at the end of the Gulf War)?" he said.

"Europeans depend on Iraqi oil far more than we do," he said, noting that the United States now gets 6 percent of its oil from Iraq and 23 percent from the entire Middle East and was seeking to reduce even further its dependency on the region.

Specious argument. We are not discussing the past dependence of the US on Iraqi oil, but its future one. Further, even if the US reduces its dependence on Middle East oil to 20 percent from 23 percent, but 16 percent of this comes from captive oil fields in Iraq - this does not violate the letter of Novak's argument. But it certainly violates the spirit. And that is what we're dealing with here.

posted by Kensy | 9:10 PM
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