Redhorse wrote:Another question the responses to which I would be interested in:
1) Thoughts on war in general.
2) Is it really possible to be a "war criminal"?
3) the two atomic bombs dropped/ fire bombing in WW2 by the U.S., good or bad, should we have or shouldn't we have
4) opinions on America's system of foreign policy (kinda on the borderline of being philosophical, but meh)
5) is it right to interfere in the affairs of other countries? and if so, when is it okay and when isn't it?
6) Is war justified? Can it ever be?
7) The 20th century was by far the bloodiest century in history. Why do you suppose that is? (duh, because of WWs, etc. mostly, but I mean what do you think was the cause of so much war between humans)
8) Is it ever morally appropriate to target innocent civilians?
9) Are all non-combatants innocent?
10) Are all combatants appropriate targets?
11) Opinions on prisoners of war? Should prisoners even be taken? If so, how should they be treated?
Related quote: "A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him." - Winston Churchill.
12) Should terrorists in other countries who are american citizens be given due process of law? Should we expend lives just to take these people alive?
13) How should a state army deal with civilian human shields, voluntary or involuntary, who protect the enemy with their own bodies? How much risk must the state's soldiers assume to minimize casualties among the civilians on the other side?
14) In war, what actions can be considered immoral?
1) It's basically unavoidable in many cases, sadly. I don't really care either way, as long as they don't try to enlist me, etc.
2) Yes? since there is such a title, although it's a pretty iffy title.
3) I feel one was certainly necessary. The second was overkill IMO, but who knows what would have happened if they only used one.
4) America's trying to basically be the world police, since no one else cares to do the dirty work. They obviously benefit in various ways, but they're screwing themselves over in the long run IMO.
5) The lines pretty grey between "right" and "wrong" when it comes to killing people. I think there are times when other countries need to step in, but whether that's right or wrong is questionable.
6) Grey area again, just a matter of opinions.
7) People seem to love wallowing in ignorance and killing each other. More people on earth=more of both.
8) Not in my opinion, but morality is a fickle thing between different people.
11) They should be treated humanely, but not extremely well.
12) No, if someone chooses to leave their country and betray it, then they should be treated like any other terrorist.
13) Try to not kill them, but don't take huge risks to save them. If they're willingly letting themselves be used as human shields they should be treated like enemy soldiers and killed or captured.
14) Torture, rape and killing innocent civilians. Of course just like any question on morality, subjective.