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Senior British general, a Catholic, laments torture, opposes Iran intervention

Catholic World News - August 03, 2012

One of the five British generals who have been honored with the title of field marshal says that “torture is wrong and shouldn't be allowed, and people who torture should be apprehended, with the full force of law applied.”

Baron Charles Guthrie, a convert to Catholicism and author of a book on just-war theory, told the Zenit news agency that “war is a horrible thing, a disastrous thing, but sometimes there are things which are even worse, like genocide, the completely uncontrolled killing of innocent women and children.”

“You want to get the war over as quickly as possible," the 73-year-old retired general added. "You don't want to kill any more people than you have to, and you want to protect people who are not actively engaged in the war, like women and children and non-combatants. But what is a non-combatant? Is, for instance, somebody working in a munitions factory? … You get into very difficult areas; these things aren't black and white at all.”

Guthrie believes that military action against Iran would be “completely wrong” and also opposes military action against the Syrian regime. While the initial fighting in Afghanistan following 9/11 was “morally right,” Guthrie believes that UK forces should have been withdrawn far sooner.

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  • Posted by: djpeterson - Aug. 04, 2012 11:38 AM ET USA

    Like in Iraq, the drumbeat in Congress war with Iran is ominous. The same Neo-conservatives like J. Bolton who led George W. Bush into his Waterloo are all now Mitt Romney's advisers.

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