Under what conditions would it be morally acceptable for the United States to assassinate a foreign leader? As questions about morality go, it seems kind of like a no-brainer: never. At least that's the answer that any good Catholic would have to give. But you'd never know it to read Jim Tucker's blog where we're told that (emphasis mine):
he's [Chavez] certainly not committed any acts of war against us. And until he does so, it's not right for us to talk about assassinations or war.Frankly, talk about assassinations would not be right even if he had committed an act of war against us. That's simple, straightforward moral theory there, folks. But Jimbo has a tendency to shoot from the hip, as I've pointed out a couple of times. It's too bad--these days one looks for a little sanity, or at least moral clarity, especially from one's clergy.