Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Moral Question of Virtual Suicide - Missions in Wartime

German grenade thrower, WWII; according to Catholic moral theology, as stated here, it would be a heroic good for a man to jump on this grenade to save one's fellow soldiers and to defeat the aims of the wartime enemyNote: This interesting question is being treated here solely as a theoretical moral question, since virtual suicide missions in wartime are hardly the province of Islamic or the WWII Japanese alone but are as old as warfare itself. Many a soldier on all sides in modern times has been decorated for falling on a loose grenade to save his fellow soldiers and to defeat the aims of an enemy. This should certainly not be viewed as any kind of advocacy, much less any kind of threat of planning for conflict or war, especially as this site is dedicated to non-violent resistance with a view to stopping and preventing wars. Nor, certainly, is it intended to justify Islamic aggression or even as an evaluation of blame for the U.S.S. Cole incident, whatever the author's opinion (I am aware of a number of opinions in the matter; none of which I have considered in any depth)---SH

By Christopher Check

“Terrorism” and “cowardice” are among the expressions opinion-makers used almost universally to describe the attack that left a 40-foot hole in the side of a destroyer and 17 of its sailors dead.

Cowardice is an odd charge from a nation that wages war by dropping bombs on bridges and power plants from an altitude well beyond the range of antiquated antiaircraft guns, firing missiles from over the horizon at television stations, and punishing civilians by means of naval embargoes — the last-mentioned being the mission of the U.S.S. Cole.

More baffling is the label “coward” when applied to this particular attack. Joe Leatherneck charges a machine-gun nest on a South Pacific island and earns himself a posthumous Medal of Honor for spectacular courage (and rightly so); Abdul Abulbul Amir boards a rubber raft and engages at point-blank range a modern warship, 505-feet long with a displacement of 8300 tons, and he’s called a coward ! Huh?

Christians might not be at ease with so-called suicide missions, but they are not necessarily immoral. Under the Principle of Double Effect, in wartime it is lawful for a soldier to blow up an enemy stronghold even when he knows the action will likely take his own life. He foresees but does not intend his own death for which the good effect of substantial harm to the enemy compensates.

Because we cannot be certain of the intention of the Cole’s bomber, perhaps more to the point is the Islamic promise of salvation to those who fall in a Holy War. Under this moral code, such an attack seems to be an act of hope or even martyrdom — not despair. In any case, it’s not so easy to impugn the intestinal fortitude of a man who sets aside his natural instinct for self-preservation for what he believes to be a higher purpose...Read it all

Christopher Check is Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute. He served for six years as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Frontline -The Warning. Must See If
You Missed It

Cash for these clunkers?
Click the 55 min:16 Sec video-player
for program here

After seeing this, ask how Mr. Obama could possibly rely on Rubin, Summers, Geithner or Bernanke (or Ayn Rand's works) for any economic advice at all...

--->Wikileaks to Release Massive Document Collection on Iraq War

--->Opinion - Former Muslim, David L. Jones: The Ground Zero Mosque and Religious Freedom. "...I do not wish to add to the already hyper-sensitized rhetoric of the mainstream media and of those with political ideologies trying to exploit this issue to advance their own agendas. The Ground Zero Mosque controversy, though, is something that has weighed heavily on me these days. Frankly, the answer I have come to even surprises me in many ways, but I feel I must publicly speak out in recognition of the truth I have lived and to whom I owe everything"...Read it all (link to Pg. 1 fixed)

---> Geert Wilders: "We must not give a free hand to those who want to subjugate us" Note: "Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom...Wilders was born in the city of Venlo, Netherlands, in the province of Limburg on the southeastern Dutch border with Germany. He is the youngest of four children, and was raised Catholic. His father worked as a manager for the printing and copying manufacturing company Océ. His father fled the area to escape the Nazis and became so traumatised from the experience that he refused to physically enter Germany even forty years later"---Wikipedia

--->The Semiotic Deception of September 11th - by Phillip D. Collins. "Replete with esoteric symbols, conspiracy research certainly warrants semiotic examination. Although fraught with historical flaws and theological distortions, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown acknowledges the value of semiotics in studying the conspiratorial world. In fact, the novel’s central character is a semiotician specializing in symbology. Evidently, Brown recognized the potential of semiotics in analyzing the coded messages of cabals occupying history’s darker corners. September 11th is one such corner that is worth semiotic analysis"...Read it all

--->US poverty on track to post record gain in 2009

Chomsky On September 11, 2001 (2 of 5)

(See Chomsky: Who was behind 9-11?
...and Part 2)

--->Vatican spokesman: Newman beatification to reveal papal UK visit’s full meaning. Who is Cardinal Newman? "He disappointed the modernists precisely because he is not interested in development for development’s sake, but in how to distinguish a development that leads to death and decomposition from the development that retains the integrity of its germ." For a fuller article see the Catholic Encyclopedia

--->Ireland Ravaged by Britain, Brussels, US. Irish Government Bans Prolife Ad - "says this advert was too 'political' for the airwaves." Political? This holocaust of human beings?

--->God is first to welcome the sincerely repentant sinner, teaches Benedict XVI

--->From this, spare us O Lord...

--->In the largest US arms deal ever, the administration of US President Barack Obama is ready to notify Congress of plans to offer advanced aircraft to Saudi Arabia worth up to 60 billion dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday...

It is elementary. Everything and everyone is going somewhere; we are all building something. We all move in some direction, whether we think much of it or not. Everyone plays his or her part in where we arrive, by what one helps build...or refuses to build. We are either responsible moral agents or we are lemmings. In the final analysis we are all without excuse, because we all choose, every moment. If we seek only money and personal happiness in this world that will be our final reward. Wherever our treasure is, there will our heart be also, Jesus Christ said -- believe it or not ---Matt 6:21