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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Difference between the tragedy of war and the outrages of terrorism

A thought from David Guberman over at Harry's place which many are too confused to see:

In the muddle linking terrorist suicide bombings with, variously, Soviet and Japanese pilots ramming military targets during the second world war and Christian and Buddhist martyrdom that risked no one else's lives, Ms Bunting misses the reason why such suicide bombings are morally revolting - namely, the intentional slaughter of people who are not legitimate targets of war. Our feelings of horror and moral revulsion do not arise from the means employed, but the targeting of the innocent.
David Guberman
Newton, Massachusetts

Very nicely put too. Were the people of Dresden legitimate targets of war, I wonder? That one still troubles me.


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