The Threat Of War Between People, And The United States

1288 Words Dec 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
Is an imminent threat a just cause for going to war with another country or group? Is there ever a justified reason to go to war? What ethics would allow the killing of another person because of a threat? War between people, is sadly, one of the larger contants in the history of our being. Humans have been fighting each other for generations, and people have been discussing whether it was right and wrong for nearly as long. Being attacked or threatened by another group or country is a just cause for war in the deontological sense. It is simply retaliation for what has been done by the opposition. Niccolo Machiavelli stated "there is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others." No matter what, it seems, that there will always be war for whatever reason or another; however, it must be justified. An imminent threat to the security of a country is just cause for use of millitary force. If I have been threatened, hurt, or attacked, my natural defense is self-defense. It is the duty of self to protect oneself as it is with a country defending itself against another. The late general Goerge S. Patton stated "Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood." Deontology generates a list of "duties" so to speak, of both prohibitions and…

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