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Morality depends on the ability of an individual to choose between good and evil thus entailing freedom of the will and the moral responsibility of the individual for his actions It is obvious this is so for the individual but what about groups and governments Do they have the ability to choose between good and evil do they have free will and therefore are they subject to the same paradigms of morality as the individual or does an autonomous morality apply What if we relate this concept of morality to a present day moral dilemma Such as should the United States government fire cruise missiles at Serbian cities in order to force the government of Serbia to comply with NATO demands of withdrawal from Kosovo What moral questions should be asked Further yet as we are members of a representative democracy do the citizens bear any of the responsibility of the governments actions Am I responsible for the government I choose Being that it is the actions of a governments we wish to question the morality of we must know what the present justification for or against the launch of cruise missiles at Serbia and what the consequences of that decision would be It can be conjectured that the official rational of the United States government in its decision to use cruise missiles on Serbia is based on costbenefit analysis of what would be in the best interest of the nation and the worlda utilitarian morality The Serbian government has invaded and seeks to undermine the sovereignty of Kosovo while using genocidal tactics to control the population The US is acting on what it believes to be the greatest good for the greatest number But who is the government to place a market value on human life Is it moral and does the government have the right to place such a value on human life And who is responsible for their decision The official utilitarian
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