Ethical Warfront and Terrorism: Fighting Terrorism and Ethics on the Same Battlefield
United States Sergeants Major Academy Fort Blix United States
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The purpose of this paper is to explore the ethical dilemmas facing todays soldier in the Global War on Terrorism. Soldiers at all levels must make decisions on the battlefield that may not be morally or ethically sound in many persons mind outside the context of war. It first discusses the changing face of the battlefield and the shaded areas of clear-cut guidance. I will discuss the training presented to Soldiers to support an ethical decision on the battlefield, and how this decision may contradict with the human instinct of survival. Then I will discuss how terrorist will use ethical dilemmas against the U. S. Soldiers to support their own goals. Finally, I will discuss the importance of a strong ethical background and sound training to help overcome the difficulties associated with ethical dilemmas on the battlefield today. After reading this paper, you should have a better understanding of one of the most important issues facing Soldiers today in the fight against terrorism.
- Unconventional Warfare
- Sociology and Law