Opposing War

TitleOpposing War
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsLadenson, R
Date Published1994
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Keywordsfreedom , FREEDOM of speech , PUBLIC , Public Policy
AbstractAn ethical question that arose with special force during the Gulf War in 1991 concerned the duties of ordinary civilians who were not called for military service. Many of these citizens had opposed the war before it began. Opinion polls just before the war showed the United States about evenly split between people who favored going to war and those who opposed it. Those who opposed the war were faced with the problem of what to do when the shooting started. There seemed to be three options for such people. They could offer visible support for the war. They could remain silent. Or they could publicly dissent from the war policy. What would have been the ethically appropriate option?
NotesCase from the 1994 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
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