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The Viability Of Moral Dissent By The Military

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Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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This paper is not a political statement, although it contains value-judgments about anti-Islamic rhetoric heard in the 2016 US presidential campaign. There is, however, an unavoidably political element to this paper, since it considers the potential implications of ideas first publicly discussed by candidates competing for the Republican Partys 2016 presidential nomination. While anti-Islamic rhetoric and actions are integral to the scenario described, the characters are fictional and are not analogous to any military or political figure currently in a position of authority or running for office. The political affiliation of the president in the scenario is deliberately unstated. No political party has a monopoly on or immunity from ugly ideas. The Japanese internment, which underpins everything in this paper, was authorized by a Democrat.

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