The Moral Dilemma of Nuclear Weapons
edited by William Clancy

Essays from Worldview: A Journal of Religion and International Affairs. John Cogley explains why pacifism has little appeal:
"It is no love of violence, then, that keeps even religious men out of the pacifist's camp; rather it is their recent experience with totalitarian evil and the conviction that, if gone unchecked, it could have resulted in even greater evil, in malice beyond our most perfervid imaginings, as indeed the sight of the piled-up bodies found in the concentration camps after the war exceeded the rhetoric of the most bellicose orator." (27)
Paul Ramsey affirms that,
"a wholly teleological view of ethics amounts to the suspension of ethics." (48)
George Kennan:
"If there is any one thing that is plain about international statesmanship, it is the extreme difficulty of establishing in advance the relationship between cause and effect—of gauging the likely results of one's own acts. ... I can testify from personal experience that not only can one never know, when one takes a far-reaching decision in foreign policy, precisely what the consequences are going to be, but almost never do these consequences fully coincide with what one intended or expected. ... All this is quire different when we come to method. Here, in a sense, one can hardly go wrong. The government cannot fully know what it is doing, but it can always know how it is doing it" (69)

Year Read: 1997


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