Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 9 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 1/3/11

The Moral Dilemma of Military Service

By       (Page 2 of 2 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page. (View How Many People Read This)   6 comments
Author 52375
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Sylvia Clute
Become a Fan
  (20 fans)

In the wake of the Iraq war, Muslims in many countries turned against the United States, wishing Americans harm and even death. In Pakistan, favorable public opinion toward the United States plummeted to just a few percentage points. Then Pakistan was hit with that terrible earthquake. American soldiers were sent to Pakistan to give earthquake victims medical care, shelter, and food. By doing so, they won the hearts of many Pakistanis who had previously hated Americans. Favorable opinion toward the United States rose to 46 percent by the end of November of that year. What had been expected to take years took a month.

Another example is the Marshall Plan, massive U.S. aid that helped rebuild Europe after World War II, including West Germany, our former enemy. The aid we extended to rebuild Japan, our other major World War II enemy, is another example. By giving them what they needed, we secured lasting allies among friends and former foes, alike.

Yes, we can call upon our courageous, loyal citizens willing to serve our country to act in accordance with one moral standard. By choosing this path, lasting peace and national security will be more assured than through war. And indeed, serving in the military will no longer mean facing intractable moral dilemmas. 

Posted on on 11-30-10.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).


Must Read 1   Supported 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Sylvia Clute Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Moral Dilemma of Military Service

Lessons from the Stanford Prison Experiment

Time for Another Civil Rights Movement?

Punitive Justice Distilled: the Stanford Prison Experiment

The Death Penalty: Un-Christian Barbarism

How Did Our Criminal Law System Become So Broken?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: