The crime that cannot be wiped away

LewRockwell.Com
by Laurence M. Vance

04/24/09

Regardless of who orders them into battle, regardless of whether they are drafted, and regardless of the reasons they are told the war is necessary, it is the soldiers who do the actual fighting, maiming, and killing. This has been true throughout history. Even if we accept Hannah Arendt’s principle that ‘in general the degree of responsibility increases as we draw further away from the man who uses the fatal instrument with his own hands,’ the soldiers at the bottom still bear diffused responsibility for their actions. Responsibility is not all concentrated in the state’s leaders. To soothe their consciences as they kill and plunder for the state, soldiers justify their acts of death and destruction by the doctrine of concentrated responsibility...

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