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Debian, Philosophy, and People

Dec 30, 2008, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Theodore Ts'o)

"Unfortunately, the real world is rarely so cut-and-dried. Even the most basic injunctions, such as "Thou shalt not kill" have exceptions. Few people might agree with claims made by the U.S. Republican Party that the war in Iraq qualified as a Just War as defined by Thomas Aquinas, but rather more people might agree that the July 20, 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler would be considered justifiable. And most people would probably agree most of the actions undertaken by the Allied Soldiers on World War II battlefields that involved killing other soldiers would be considered a valid exception to the moral (and for those in the Judeo-Christian tradition, biblical) injunction, "Thou shalt not kill".

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