This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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All other means exhausted

There is a time to kill, says King Solomon.[1] But when is this time, and how do we know it has arrived? We are often reminded that war is always the “last resort.” This is true, of course, but we must be careful not to be misled by it. It creates the image of a timeline with war at the far end, and on which all other points must be crossed before war is reached and becomes legitimate. While this principle seems intuitive, we must keep in mind that prudence does not require that every alternative actually be attempted before military action takes place; in some cases, if it becomes undeniably clear that postponed military action would be disastrous, then the possibility of certain alternatives can be considered dangerous and futile. Thus, it is important that all the possible points on the timeline be tried before war, but in the event that they are not possible, they may be passed over. Perhaps, then, a better way to say this is that war is not permissible so long as any other non-violent option is actually possible. If no other alternative is possible, then it can be considered an exhausted possibility even if it has not been attempted.

[1] Eccl 3:3.

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