Would you agree that somebody born in Japan who was attending a school in Hiroshima might feel totally different about the use of the Atom Bomb??
My last point is that Killing for your idealogy is always wrong. I've been debating with a friend about this. He says that sometimes you just 'have' to kill. If not, you enable the killers. Nothing new. Thoreau had the same trouble: "If your government says you have to go kill, and you go kill someone, are you morally guilty. Thoreau, at least would agree that killing because you are ordered to, is wrong, unless you believe in your cause. I get the impression that Thoreau would encourage killing other people if you really thought it had to be done.
the catch 22 is that, once you say "it's okay to kill for my idealogy" you make it OK for everyone else to kill for their own idealogy.
Consider the following statements, each one is 'true' from a certain perspective.
Germany: "It's okay to burn up the Jews, because we believe it is right and they are evil animals"
America: "It's okay to kill the North Vietnamese, because we believe in Democracy and we hate commies!"
Terrorist: "It's okay to blow up an American building, because we believe America is evil and corrupt..."
Palestine: "It's okay to kill Isralites, because we know we are right"
Isreal: "We believe the Palestines are wrong, so we kill them..."
Religion:" I kill because I think my religion is better!!"
Spanish" We kill because these people are savages, and have a lot of gold"
Huge companies: We know our emissions are killing people, but we believe profit is more important that life"
Anybody in charge: It's okay to bomb them, after all, they bombed us. (does that make it okay for us to bomb them AGAIN?)- if so, it's a repeating loop of bombings
Please don't ever assume I'm Anti-American..... I'm more like, "Anti-profit" and "Anti-death" Instead of building a Trillion dollar missile shield, why don't we send a trillion dollars of food to all the people who hate us. No matter what they say about us, keep helping them eat and develop-- sooner or later, if someone keeps feeding and helping you, you'll like them.
This carnage we're seeing is the manifestation of what I call "A global culture of death"
It's not just our century... Seriously, human 'civilization' goes back about 12,000 - 15,000 years. That's when people really settled down in one place. Something seems to make people hunger for blood. Romans, Babylonians, you name it they fought or conquered. Our nature is to Kill, Kill, Kill. Technology only helps us kill more, faster.