Modern War Ethics

Author: Shawn Zachariah

Military Funding:

This picture is trying to capture how the Military is sitting on large amounts of money.

Military funding is a very controversial issue that happens to be in many U.S. citizens’ minds considering that a lot of our tax money go towards it. The question that everyone thinks of is not why is it going there? But what are they using the money for? According to the Fiscal Year Budget released by the White House, $495.6 billion of tax money is being funded towards the military, which makes about 27% of each household’s taxes.

 

http://thecontributor.com/no-austerity-military-budget-2014

The Mental Health Issue of our Soldiers:

An American soldier talking to a therapist about his mental issues.

The mental health of our soldiers is a problem that keeps increasing as time goes on.“Last year, 6,000 soldiers here were on anti-depressant medications and an additional 1,400 received anti-psychotic drugs” (Zoroya, 2010). Eric is trying to portray a picture of how

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/02/2244281/soldiers-mental-health-issues-conbat/

bad the situation is getting for military personnel because they do not even have enough of the resources offered to the soldiers in need.

Hauerwas believes the U.S considers itself a big deal and that they should be involved in every aspect of a country’s life. He also tries to focus on is how other countries that neighbor Syria should be just as, or even more responsible. Hauerwas also goes on and states, “America has hundreds of military bases around the world. We’ve intervened. The question is what are the limits of American intervention? Right now there doesn’t seem to be any” (Shimron, 2013). He wants his audience to understand that there seems to be no limit to where the U.S will not seem to intervene. Our military bases are set up widespread all over the world that there is actually no way the U.S can’t actually restrain themselves sticking their nose into everybody’s business.

United States’s Involvement in Syria:

Stanley Hauerwas, a Professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity schools believes the U.S considers itself a big deal and that they should be involved in every aspect of a country’s life. He also tries to focus on is how other countries that neighbor Syria should be just as, or even more responsible. Hauerwas also goes on and states, “America has hundreds of military bases around the world. We’ve intervened. The question is what are the limits of American intervention? Right now there doesn’t seem to be any” (Shimron, 2013). He wants his audience to understand that there seems to be no limit to where the U.S will not seem to intervene. Our military bases are set up widespread all over the world that there is actually no way the U.S can’t actually restrain themselves sticking their nose into everybody’s business.

United States usage of Drones:

http://www.syrianews.cc/syria-surveillance-drones-received-by-syrian-military-for-border-and-sky-control/

Drones are a very prominent issue that sparks up many political debates in the U.S. People

An American surveillance drone circling the country.

 

from foreign countries tend to view these robots as non-reliable and an easy access for the military to violate human rights.Bradley Strawser, a journalist from The Guardian, also sheds light on the controversy over drones in The Morality of Drone Warfare Revisited explaining how we need to be more careful letting robots make the decisions of

taking a human life. In the article he states, “I also think that autonomous drones – weapo

ns with an artificial intelligence, which could make lethal decisions on their own – are morally wrong in principle”(Strawser,2012).

 

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