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Friday, July 11, 2014

Civilian Deaths during Military Conflict



Much has been said in the past couple of days about the morality and ethics (or lack of) of firing missiles into residential areas, and civilian deaths and casualties caused by military conflict.  And much more needs to be said.  Both Israel and Hamas should be condemned by for firing missiles into residential areas (though to this point, only Israel’s missiles have caused any civilian deaths.)

 But

The United States of America also has a rather tainted history in this area.  During the Second World War, US forces purposefully bombed civilian targets – with conventional explosives and firebombing in Germany as well as the two atomic blasts directed at the largely civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

Morality is thrown out the window during military conflict.  Ethics are ignored. All that matters is killing the enemy. 


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