Liberty and Power: A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign by E.J. Dionne, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Kayla Drogosz

By E.J. Dionne, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Kayla Drogosz

How a state "commits itself to freedom" has lengthy been on the middle of debates approximately international reduction, financial sanctions and armed forces intervention. ethical and religion traditions have a lot to claim approximately what's required to accomplish this finish. And after September eleven, not anyone can doubt the significance of spiritual ideals in influencing kinfolk between peoples and international locations. Can non secular convictions advertise a extra ethical international coverage? Do they bring about fanaticism, or do they inspire a brand new realism in regards to the forces shaping the alternatives confronting the united states? The participants to this quantity come on the factor from very various views and provide remarkable and unforeseen insights on a question now on the vanguard of yankee international coverage.

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No doubt, that is often true—or it is true often enough so that “realism” isn’t a crazy position. But I don’t think that it is always true, and I want to suggest—provocatively, I hope, but also realistically—that sometimes the opposite is true: strategic arguments about what is possible or necessary are a façade behind which political and military leaders act out their deepest moral and political convictions. One example illustrates my point: the debate about strategic bombing policy in Britain in the early years of World War II.

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