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The Just War Theory is a doctrine founded by Saint Augustine which has helped bring much discussion and debate to wars and the morality to fight in them. Wars and fights between people have gone on forever and are not perceived to stop anytime soon so it is important that some people thought about when and why they should ever fight. For many years Christians never part toke in this fighting due to teachings of the Bible and Jesus' teaching on 'turning the other cheek' and 'live by the sword, die by the sword'. Saint Augustine would be one of the first to talk about how a Christian could be a soldier and serve God at the same time. Through this thought we would receive the Just War Theory which gave a set of requirements for someone to partake …show more content…
When it comes to the Legitimate Authority to protect citizens in a defensive war, it is a bit harder to say that the United Statescompletely followed this. While the United States's intention was to protect the people of South Vietnam, the many bombs and Agent Orange they dropped were not for the good of the people. The tenant of Right Intention is also a bit gray as this war was raised to stop communism and the killings in Vietnambut the ways that they went about this were sometimes cruel and harsher then needed. The Probability of Success can be seen as completed by the United States due to the fact that they never used their troops irrationally and didn't plan on the amount of deaths that happened during the war. The Proportionality of the war is again a gray area with the discussion of the bombings, destruction of Vietnamese land, and death to Americans as bad but the stopping of communism, protecting of South Vietnam, and stopping the North Communist Regime could be seen as good. Finally, when it comes to Last Resort it could be reasonable to assume that if America didn't step in when it did then South Vietnam would fall even faster and cause other countries to fall to communism as

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