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A Morally-Confused Marine

Eppur Si Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:12 AM
Ironically, Dennis, I think the problem here is the Captain's belief in moral absolutes - the desire to find and cling to categorical imperatives, no matter how ridiculous the conclusions to which they lead. I say it's ironic because a belief in moral absolutism is usually the preferred philosophy of the right, yourself included. To your credit, though, you also say that "context is everything." The latter statement is far more true than any moral absolute. A supposed moral absolute like "Thou shalt not murder," only makes sense because it leaves open the question of what is a murder and what is a justified killing. In other words, it is not a moral absolute at all. There are no categorical imperatives. Sorry about that.

Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by a Marine captain titled, "I Killed People in Afghanistan. Was I Right or Wrong?"

The column by Timothy Kudo, who is now a graduate student at New York University, is a fine example of the moral confusion leftism has wrought over the last half century. Captain Kudo's moral confusion may predate his graduate studies, but if so, it has surely been reinforced and strengthened at NYU.

The essence of Mr. Kudo's piece is that before he served in Afghanistan he was ethically unprepared for killing, that killing is...

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