Monday, January 22, 2007

Forgot one

I forgot a very important issue that has yet to be brought up as well.

Is the War in Iraq ethical?

See previous post for my whole long spiel about the sanctity of BLOG. Please respect all guidelines and opinions here as well, as people may not share your own.

I say nay. The War in Iraq is not ethical. This is because the true reasons that we are there have been hidden under red tape, and have, even currently, been hidden from the public. The government's job is for the people, and when the people are not being told what the government is doing then there is a breach of etiquette. This breach or etiquette is what makes this unethical. I agree with what I see as the reasons for us going to Iraq are, but that is irrelevant. I oppose it all the same because it isn't ethical for the Govt to hide facts from the public, any more than it is ethical to impersonate a lawyer to capture a psychopath. What we need to understand is that there is a difference between morals and ethics. Morally both are acceptable (to me at least), but ethically they break the code of honor (the Constitution and Laws) that this country is based on, and indeed the citizens gain power from. Therefore: The War in Iraq is not ethical.


devin said...

Oh, but it is. Two points: look at how many people we have potentially saved from these genocidal and oppressive leaders (saddam and the taliban). The numbers dying because of insurgent violence doesn't even come close to the number of people saddam gassed or killed in his own country. Secondly, we are LIBERATING them from the tyranny of their former governments. We are their democratic beneficiaries who are giving them their freedom back. Beneficience, anyone?
By those two guidelines, the war in Iraq can be viewed as entirely morally justified, no matter that we entered the war for a reason that was unjustified. Wolf, you were saying that the method in which we entered the war was unethical, and it was. But the war itself, no matter how it began, is very much ethically justified.

Wolf Man Jack said...

I agree with you. You are right that it does, indeed, have some major ethical benefits.
However, I feel that our Govt's job is primarilly toward it's citizens, not those of other countries. And if it has to weigh higher in America's favor, then, because the Govt lied to enter the war, it is unethical.
Also numerous of the practices of the war are unethical. The practice of killing innocents (documented) is never justified in times of war. The murder of unarmed people seems to not be an ethical consideration. Are times of war just entirely exempt from any thought of morals and ethics? The man that Harris interviewed may be correct. It's wrong to kill a person, but it's fun to kill lots.

NGaebler said...

There are many issues that seem to be left out in this debate. The reasons for entering the war were for the protection of the US by eliminatin the potential threat of Al-kida (I don't care how baddly I mispelled that), WMD and the liberation of the Iraqi people. While the first two reasons seem to have no ground after we had already invaded Iraq, since we have invaded Iraq there has arrison a terroist faction. The US government could have left Iraq after these discoveries but there would have been a large chance that the country would only gain another dictator worse than Sadam. To ensue the stability of the country we had just bombed and deposed of its leader the US needs to ensure the continued security and freedom of the Iraqi people. While many people do not look favorably upon this war many see the need to finish what we have started. When questioning the ethical nature of the war in Iraq it is important to understand that the liberation and freedom of an oppresed people does not go against any ethical code. While it seems we pick and choose who we see fit to attack for such violations leaving many guilty parties alone (N. Korea), this does not make the actions ethicaly wrong even if they violate anyones morals, including mine.