Summary: What military actions are justified? To answer, this article breaks down the wording, piece by piece.
Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Strategy or Morality (INFO)"
I love chess. The task of strategically and meticulously defeating every piece my opponent has is a fantastic mental challenge, especially with an equally-matched opponent. In chess, you often have to go out on a limb and guess what the opponent’s strategy is in order to effectively prevent your opponent’s strategy (or what you think is your opponent’s strategy). This means removing certain enemy pieces that pose a serious threat to your own success; this task requires properly examining your options and making the best move you can. Even if a certain piece has not harmed you, a preemptive action is often necessary to prevent this harm from coming to pass.
This is analogous in many ways to warfare: world leaders have to be meticulous about the actions they take and the strategic consequences of said actions. Unfortunately, warfare is not a game. In the real world, these military missions have real consequences and are subject to morality. If you make a wrong move in chess, you can always try again next time. If you make a wrong move in war, innocent people could die.
That is the question this resolution gives us: What military actions are justified? In order to fully understand this resolution, we need to break the wording down, piece by piece, and study the implications of that wording in a debate round.
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