Santorum and Just War

Reading through the quotes and information from and about Rick Santorum regarding his position on war, I saw that he supported the sending of troops in to Iraq. (H.J.Res. 114; Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. The administration would be required to report to Congress that diplomatic options have been exhausted before, or within 48 hours after military action has started. Every 60 days the president would also be required to submit a progress report to Congress.)

Blessed John Paul II spoke out against actions in Iraq in an address on 12 January 2003 “War is never just another means that one can choose to employ for settling differences between nations” and reiterated that “war cannot be decided upon . . . except as the very last option and in accordance with very strict conditions.”  Address of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II to the Diplomatic Corps

He also stated in his Angelus on Sunday, 16 March 2003, “There is still time to negotiate; there is still room for peace, it is never too late to come to an understanding and to continue discussions.”
Then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict,  said of the use of military force in Iraq:
Pope John Paul’s position on the war to be “the thoughts of a man of conscience occupying the highest functions in the Catholic Church” and “the appeal of a conscience enlightened by the faith.”  And “reasons sufficient for unleashing a war against Iraq did not exist,” in part because: “proportion between the possible positive consequences and the sure negative effect of the conflict was not guaranteed. On the contrary, it seems clear that the negative consequences will be greater than anything positive that might be obtained.”
If you still think that Santorum takes just war seriously, according to the mind of the Church and her Magisterium, please make a real argument based on fact.
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