Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

On the Virtues of Killing Children is certainly a chilling title for a post, but it’s an interesting hypothetical conversation that, in the end, makes a reasoned argument for not letting a natural aversion to killing children in war prevent the Generals and soldiers from making militarily sound decisions.  Whether the argument is correct or not, I’ll leave that for the Generals and Philosophers to argue about.

I think that we should be leery of letting our goodness lead us to a point where, as Sun Tzu noted, our resistence is broken without fighting.  War is never a thing of beauty but I believe it IS a necessary tool for maintaining freedom.

Your thoughts are welcome.  Please keep it civil.

Hat tip: The Smallest Minority 

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