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An Alternative to War

My wife, who has read a lot more of his work than I have, insists that Stanley Hauerwas, a professor of theological ethics at Duke, is brilliant. But then there’s his essay in Time. “I think that a lot can be done–once we free our imaginations from the presumption that the only alternative is capitulation or war. . . . Christians might consider, for example, asking the many Christians in Iraq what we can do to make their lives more bearable. A small step, to be sure, but peace is made from small steps.” This is so idiotic, on so many levels, one doesn’t know where to begin.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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