Could you take this discussion off the list please.

Josef 'Jupp' Schugt wrote:

>Saluton!
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>* Austin Ziegler; 2003-08-02, 21:17 UTC:
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>>>>Violence is *useful*, as evidenced by the fact that people use it when
>>>>equivalents exist. ???
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>>>Correct. The question is if being useful makes it acceptable. Some people
>>>believe that a goal can justify any means while others believe that this
>>>is not true.
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>>>I am pretty sure that there is an equivalent of German 'Der Zweck heiligt
>>>die Mittel' in many languages...
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>>"The End Justifies the Means", in English.
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>>I disagree with it, believing that the means can corrupt the end.
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>Obviously even the UN Security Council does not share your (and mine)
>opinion. They guarantee that a well-known country's troops may commit
>any crime of war without being punished for it by the international
>community. I don't think that they are going to commit such crimes
>but that does not change the ethical implications of the decision.
>
>Gis,
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>Josef 'Jupp' Schugt
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