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Can an ethical individual take part in a war Turning this question around in my mind trying to think of it in a critical manner and researching others thoughts on the matter I have concluded that there cannot be a true and valid answer to this question To take part in a war in which you will be in battle leads to killing violence the end of life To take life I believe that you must make the subject subhuman In saying this I mean that human beings are unable to kill just anyone Now there are exceptions in that people with certain psychological problems may find it easier than others to kill In this conversation I am excluding those individuals as they are the exception Normal minded human beings cannot take human life under normal circumstances They must view the subject in a manner that is subhuman In Vietnam the term gook was popular In portraying these people as something other than human it is easier to kill them No longer are they people cousins fathers sons mothers now they are only the gooks The term nigger was also very popular in making African Americans less than human in order to punish harm and destroy them This de-humanization has not only been used against races but also against people with preferences that are not viewed as the norm Fags and dykes has been used to de-humanize homosexuals and make it easier for the rest of society to slander and attack these people To question whether or not an ethical person could use these derogatory and de-humanizing terms in order to ease the decision to taking part in a war is complicated at best I believe that warfare could have a great ethical value precisely because war has the unique power to make people self-conscious of the values of civil society to see that those values are merely relative and to adopt new values which
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