Subject: Doing your duty - Issue 1070


 On Monday (issue 1070) you said:

> "But if the people giving the orders are corrupt oilmen who stole their way into power,
>  and their decisions are not made with good intentions, you still can't blame the soldier
>  for showing up and doing his duty."

 I have to take a slight exception to that.  The Nuremberg Trials at the end of WWII
 established that; "I was just following orders." is no defense at all.

 Every soldier should examine where their orders come from.
 Every soldier should decide if their acts are moral and just.

 Lee P

 Lee, I might be wrong, but I think you just called for every American soldier
 to be tried for war crimes in Iraq.  If so, I can't go along with that.

 There's a difference between toppling a government and systematically herding
 6 million civilians into railroad cars and shipping them to extermination camps.

 In my opinion, "orders" depends on what the orders are.

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