this is also well manifested in many many other areas, hunting, animal agriculture, no small number of young children have made a game of torturing and killing small insects. a person who kills a goldfish by accidental neglect is perhaps absent minded and shouldnt have pets. a person who kills a human by accidental neglect, is likewise regarded as a criminal.>>883>the top brass are the ones that declared war, […] and when you're on the battlefield the reality is that there are people actively trying to kill you
it seems a large part of running a war is making your soldiers fear the consequences of not fighting, that putting your own life at risk, and that murdering other individuals, is able to be construed as a logical path.
but this creates a very sticky situation I feel like, in unjust conflicts, and with many soldiers.
a random conscript who was told they were either going to become a felon, and face a long prison term, fines, and the stigma and misery that goes with that, or to fight for some cause they find troubling, is perhaps somewhat justifiable; they know this war will happen with or without their cooperation, perhaps they can try to do some good even in the chaos, and their life is ruined in either outcome.
A soldier on a battle field, is also justified perhaps in killing; they are standing in a place of extreme danger. there are people nearby with the means and intent to kill them. And they have the means to defend themself, and their friends, from this immediate danger.
but what of say, a professional soldier or mercenary? A person who has made a career of participation in wars, who has joined a military out of perhaps a bit of patriotism, and a mix of economic strategy, or simply interest in the area of work?
It seems a far harder class of person to grapple with, to me in any case.
on one hand, well, there is lways the argument that wars aren't the fault of the individuals, and the individuals could not stop the war through their absence. They need an income just like anyone else, and frankly some militaries offer some very nice boons to people who work for them.
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