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John Bolton at Notre Dame

Terry Fitzgibbons | Thursday, April 12, 2012

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke this past Thursday at the Law School. The event was sponsored by the Notre Dame Federalist Society.

As the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs for George W. Bush, Bolton was one of the principal architects in the build up for the illegal, immoral U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the execution thereof. Therefore, he is partly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iraqis and Americans.

In more recent years, John Bolton has clamored for attacking Iran in similar preemptive fashion.

Speakers of different opinions should be welcome on our campus. John Bolton is no exception. However, his visit should not have been given a free pass. It should have been met with protest and moral outrage.

Among the many things to say about John Bolton, one thing is for sure: He espouses positions and has helped enact policies that are antithetical to Catholic teaching. One might say he does not respect the sanctity of life. And we should hold him accountable.

Terry Fitzgibbons

rector

Duncan Hall

April 11