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  •  Innocent people are always killed in war (0+ / 0-)

    whether an intentional massacre is ordered or not.

    •  But what's the difference? (0+ / 0-)

      27 people who should be alive are dead.  Where is the recourse for these people?

      I'm not blaming our soldiers becasue they are in a tough situation - and most likely not one of their choosing.  My point is that those in power in DC allow for all of this to happen.  I really don't care how someone tries to justify it - it is wrong.

      The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

      by ctexrep on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 05:37:06 AM PST

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      •  An important question. (1+ / 0-)
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        alizard

        If you say all war is wrong, then that is one answer. But if you say there is no difference between an intentional war crime and accidental "collateral damage", then couldn't that lead to just the kind of thinking that Yoo and Cheney advocate? What happens if we say, since all war is criminal, there's no difference between war and war crimes? If we end war as a result, then great. But if not, then could that lead to throwing the whole rule book out the window? I expect the result would be a lot more innocent deaths.

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