President Bush made it clear that this is our goal in Iraq. He assured the Iraqi people, "If we must begin a military campaign, it will be directed against the lawless men who rule your country and not against you." And he urged the Iraqi military "to act with honor and protect your country by permitting the peaceful entry of coalition forces to eliminate weapons of mass destruction."
The doctrine of just war, we must remember, flows out of the Christian command to love your neighbor. It is an act of love to wield the sword against evil and against threats to innocent lives. A justly fought war against Saddam Hussein will be—barring God’s intervention in these forty-eight hours—just such a war.