Elizabeth Childs wrote:
> Imagine an apartment building in Beijing. "Civilians" live there. Of
> those civilians, 15 are former members of the People's Liberation Army.
> 5 have been in the Lao Gai, the Chinese Gulag, for opposing the
> government. 25 silently oppose the current regime. 25 vocally support
> the current regime. 50 have no opinion, and try to get by from day to
> day without getting into trouble.
> Who deserves to die? If it is morally acceptable to bomb civilian
> targets on the premise that those civilians were supporting an enemy
> regime, then it would be moral to blow that building up whether it would
> be useful to a military campaign or not. Clearly, that premise is
Not at all. One quote to show why: "For evil to prosper, it only requires that good men do nothing." Doing nothing about an evil regieme in your government is as bad as supporting that regieme, while those that actively oppose such a regieme should be willing to die for their cause.
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