LETTER: Disagreeing with Biden’s appeasement efforts

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Wednesday morning I watched the President of Ukraine, President Zelenskyy, through video conference, speak to our Congress. I was deeply moved and pondered, what is our role, as a great nation, the leader of the world in both resource wealth and moral beliefs.

I try to understand President Biden’s concern about escalating the war and the involvement of American troops. However, I do not agree with our President’s appeasement efforts. I believe we have a responsibility to use our resources to fight evil whenever it is located; to overwhelm it and defeat it. What is happening in Ukraine is evil.

These are excerpts from the teachings of my church. The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:
— The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
— All other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
— There must be serious prospects of success;
— The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.
— Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation.
My prayer is that our political leaders will contemplate the principles that formed our country, recall the meaning of our motto ‘In God We Trust’ and rely on God’s guidance in their decision making.

— Nick Pantazis,
Town of Western

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