Ben wrote:Hi David,I think Harris argues a compelling, if even distateful, case of the morality of using waterboarding to extract information from an enemy who is in possession of information regarding a nuclear strike.David N. Snyder wrote:Maybe we shouldn't be dropping those bombs knowing that innocent people will be killed and injured.
What if we drop a bomb with surgical precision on a military target only to find out later that the enemy regime packed the site with living or dead women and children with an aim of parading their dead bodies to international media following such a strike?
What if we drop a bomb on a military target knowing that by doing so we knock out the ememy's capacity to launch a wmd that would kill tens or hundreds of thousands yet in the process of neutralizing that thread we inadvertently kill tens of innocent people?
I don;t think these hypotheticals are too far fetched. How do we negotiate these situations with our Buddhist sense of ethics?
We don't live in Ancient India. Rules of engagement are different. Damage with Nukes is not like with swords. In Ancient India, one person couldn't kill millions. Today with press of the button, ICBM can be launched or bomb explode...
Maybe we should see through black/white morality and do things that are maximally cost-efficient. If one can prevent deaths of millions by killing few, then it is better than not do anything and be indirectly responsible for deaths of millions.
World isn't black and white.
You can't play nice with those who can go any distance (including kamikaze) .