Category Archives: Ethics and Fighting Terrorism

The War Against Evil and Ethical Constraints

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December 1, 2001

Saul J. Berman Jewish law knows only two categories of war – those mandated by Torah and those that are discretionary, able to be initiated under the joint authority of King and Sanhedrin. There is no category such as “Holy War” in Jewish thought because the taking of human life, while under limited circumstances permissible More »

This War Is About Religion and Cannot Be Won Without It

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December 1, 2001

Marc Gopin The sooner we face facts, the more powerful our chances to succeed in making religious terrorism a temporary phenomenon of human culture. But we cannot do this if we hide our heads in the sand. Politically incorrect or not, this war is about religion. Anyone who thinks it is not about religion should More »

In Judaism There Are Always Rules

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December 1, 2001

Dov S. Zakheim For the first time in living memory, Jewish Americans, like their non-Jewish counter-parts, have been victimized by terrorism in their own backyards. Their experience is hardly a novelty to Israelis, for whom terrorist attacks on civilians sadly have become a daily occurrence. Nor is it a new experience for Jews in general. More »

Understanding the Power of Words of War

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December 1, 2001

Dawn Rose “The evil ones have declared war on us and our way of life. They hate freedom and democ-racy. We’re going to smoke ’em out of their caves.” The White House’s verbal portrait of the events of September 11 has been frightfully effective, resulting in a quick and positive response from Congress and the More »