“Stupid, Unjust, and Criminal”

That’s part of the title of Andrew Greeley’s latest book: A Stupid, Unjust and Criminal War: 2001-2007. He’s referring to Iraq. Reviewed by Tom Roberts at NCR.

No pacifist, Fr. Greeley nonetheless understands that even in what might be necessary wars, virtue is ultimately sacrificed on the battlefield. “War sucks everyone and everything into its vortex of wickedness. The wars against Japan and Germany were obviously necessary wars, and yet the victors … emerged with bloody hands.”

He is regularly condemnatory of the Bush administration and its conduct of the “unjust” war in Iraq and just as dismissive at times of the Democratic Party and its candidates, whom he labels “losers” and accuses of “cowardice.”