By James E. White
Excerpted chapters from the 9th variation of White modern ethical difficulties made to be had to supply readers with a quick anthology for the learn of the ethics of struggle, terrorism, torture, and assassination. Supported with challenge situations, an illuminating introductory essay, and learn questions, this article is going to have interaction scholars in a single of the main an important ethical debates of our time. Readings representing divergent viewpoints will problem them to strengthen their very own severe positions. this article is on the market both as a standalone reader or should be bundled with the other Wadsworth name.
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Extra resources for Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, Torture and Assassination , Fourth Edition
The message invariably takes the following general form: There is something seriously wrong with the world in which we live, and this must be changed. Terrorists sometimes claim to have as their aim to rouse the populace to consciousness so that they might at last see what the terrorists take themselves to have seen. However, the members of various terrorist groups together transmit (unwittingly) a more global message. The lesson that we ought to glean from terrorists is not the speciﬁc, context-dependent message that they hope through their use of violence to convey.
When will the war be over? Here, the chief problem is that the War on Terrorism is not like any other kind of war. The enemy, Terrorism, is not a territorial state or nation or government. There is no opposite number to negotiate with. There is no one on the other side to call a truce or declare a ceaseﬁ re, no one among the enemy authorized to surrender. In traditional wars among states, the war aim is, as Clausewitz argued, to impose one state’s political will on another’s. The aim of the war is not to kill the enemy—killing the enemy is the means used to achieve the real end, which is to force capitulation.
1 (2002). Reprinted with permission from Taylor & Francis Ltd. * Editor’s Note: This article was written before 9/11. 31 32 CH A PTER 1 • War and Terrorism The refusal to “negotiate with terrorists” is a common refrain in political parlance. It is often accepted as self-evident that terrorists are so far beyond the pale that it would be morally reprehensible even to engage in discourse with them. But the term “terrorist” remains elusive, deﬁ ned in various ways by various parties, albeit always derogatorily.
Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, Torture and Assassination , Fourth Edition by James E. White