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  • by pdcawley (485) on 2002.06.18 9:48 (#9668) Homepage Journal
    I want to see evidence of many innocent civilians being intentionally killed.
    Surely the state sponsored murder (intentional killing) of even one innocent civilian is too many. And illegal under US law if memory serves.

    Which begs the question of what is 'intentional killing'. If the conversation went "Doing this will probably result in the deaths of "n" innocent/non-combatant people."
    "Okay, those are acceptable losses, do it."
    Would those count as intentional killings? How big does n have to be (as a percentage of total dealths perhaps) for the killings to be intentional (or maybe 'just' reckless)
    • Sure, those are reasonable questions, and I have no problem discussing them. The point of the journal entry isn't to defend the US or discuss the issue at hand -- I pondered picking a different example, but this one was fresh in my mind -- but just to note that we should not fear these kinds of discussions, defining our terms, making sure everyone knows what we mean, if we really want to have honest communication.

      Sometimes it does descend into an endless pit of defining and redefining every word. At that