Can you Live With It? The Moral Costs of the War Against the Islamic State

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I am pretty tired today, but since I wrote about the expanding war against the Islamic State last night I thought that a look at the ethics of this conflict through the lens of Star Trek Deep Space nine would be a good way to end this weekend. I wrote this article in September as it became apparent that the war against ISIL was going to be a long one. The question is, can we live with it?
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“My father used to say that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I laid the first stone right there. I’d committed myself. I’d pay any price, go to any lengths, because my cause was righteous. My… intentions were good. In the beginning, that seemed like enough.” Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) Star Trek Deep Space Nine, In the Pale Moonlight

I think that among the Star Trek series that my favorite is Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Of course all of the series deal with ethics, philosophy and morality to some extent, but Deep Space Nine is perhaps the most interesting to me. Don’t get me wrong I think that the Original Series and Start Trek the Next Generationwere and are leap years ahead of most television series when it comes to addressing ethical, moral and existential issues, but somehow living in the post 9-11

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2 responses to “Can you Live With It? The Moral Costs of the War Against the Islamic State

  1. War is the most destructive way of life. Not only does it kill & injure our military, but it disrupts life, destroys families, innocents get killed & injured, lands & property are unnecessarily devastaed and for what?

    My husband is a Vietnam Veteran, my eldest son is an Iraq War Veteran. I know what War can do. Thank God they came back alive. I PRAY THAT PEACE COMES TO THE MIDDLE EAST & SOON!

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