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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2022 8:26 p.m. PST

"The practical question is this: "Is it immoral to kill civilians in war?" This question has become more important during the last 100 years because a century ago most people killed in wars were professionals…."


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nsolomon9918 Apr 2022 1:12 a.m. PST

There are ethical wars …. ?!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 1:24 a.m. PST

There are wars on ethics.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 4:34 a.m. PST

This argument goes back a long way – for Islam back to the original writing of the Quran and for Christianity perhaps best articulated by St. Augustine

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GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 4:41 a.m. PST

Ethics are neither universal nor consistent so I'd bet what you want to do can be allowed by 'adjusting' your ethics.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 11:50 a.m. PST

That reminds me of a quote I heard about Phil Sheridan (one of my favourite ACW generals) in his role as Commander of the Military District of the Missouri was that he had "the combination of ruthless pragmatism and elastic ethics necessary for an officer of an ambitious expanding republic"

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2022 2:10 p.m. PST

Thanks.

Armand

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