War and Dissent: A Prophetic Tradition
Publication Date: April 2002
Author(s): David Kraemer
Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Government; Political Behavior; Values
Coverage: United States
The author responds to those who question the patriotism of criticizing political and military leaders in a time of war. He argues that, along with the Greek tradition of democracy, the United States has inherited a Biblical tradition of prophecy, of protest and complaint, for justice and mercy, even in the midst of war. Suppressing that voice means suppressing the ethical soul of the nation, and we should praise those who question the rightness of our policies, whether in war or peace.