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Babbler # 1962

posted 21 October 2003 07:59 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Slate Article

The pilots are implying that to kill innocent civilians for tactical purposes—whether to liberate one's people from occupation, or equally vague, to undermine "terrorist infrastructure"—is to betray a totalitarian mindset.

The pilots are implying, even if they are not quite saying so directly, that individual life and liberty—that of Palestinian civilians, that of soldiers with democratic consciences—supersede appeals to Zionist solidarity. This—to complete the irony—is not the majority view.

edited to add what I forgot:
I found the conflict between the two concepts of democracy to be the most interesting point of the article, especially the poll figures.

[ 21 October 2003: Message edited by: aRoused ]

From: The King's Royal Burgh of Eoforwich | Registered: Dec 2001  |  IP: Logged
jeff house
Babbler # 518

posted 21 October 2003 12:58 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
If the pilots are right in their assessment of the bombings as criminal, they have no choice but to refuse to participate. The official response, that they are setting themselves above a democratic government, is empty.

Soldiers have a legal duty to refuse to follow orders to commit illegal acts. That is the Nuremberg principle.

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