I sat in a jail cell in Canton, Mississippi, in 1966, That's probably me in the lower right)witness to a life changing discussion between advocates of non-violence and the new wave.... Black Power...
As outrage follows outrage...A purely theoretical question.. but with profound implications…
At what point are those responsible for the deaths of tens and hundreds of thousands exempt from violent retribution?
The point to consider.. the moral and ethical point ( since it’s easy to posit that killing off the killers might unleash a terrible backlash… but that’s merely a practical, not a moral argument) …is in what way is killing the Blackwater, Haliburton Winston Salem etc etc mass murderers… more morally or ethically reprehensible than what they do?
Is it possible to formulate a moral/ethical defense against such action that isn’t at base… merely contingent practical?
I mean this as a serious question.
I’m very close to being a pacifist… but too reality based to make that an absolute.
If we’re serious here… on either side… time to begin defining the terms. This is a challenge that goes both ways