On Military Targets

“The difference,” I said, “is that we only go after military targets.”

“Leaving aside the question of what happens when one of our military targets turns out to be too close to a few disposable civilians,” Mr. Magundi replied, “I contend that there’s no such thing as a military target wherever there’s military conscription. Our enemies can force a man to put on a uniform by threatening him with imprisonment or torture, but that doesn’t force the guilt of the war on him and make him worthy of death. On the contrary, it seems to me that it makes him worthy of pity and protection. Morally, I can’t see how killing a random greengrocer who was forced to serve in the army is any different from killing a random greengrocer while he’s still grocing his greens.

“I’m not excusing the evil dictators who force a war down the throats of their citizens for their own selfish ends. I’m only pointing out how easily war itself lowers us to their moral level.”

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One thought on “On Military Targets

  1. My favourite insincerity in this regard is one nation complaining that another nation’s actions during a war are ‘illegal’.

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