When Would Collateral Damage Be Acceptable?
I would take out a terrorist with collateral damage of fewer than 5 persons rather than hope for a cleaner shot before the terror plot could hatch.
I would down a jetliner to thwart a 9-11 style event.
I would nuke a foreign target near populated areas if it was predicted to thwart that nation from fomenting nuclear terrorism or war.
I would nuke an American city if it was likely to prevent nuclear war with a country where we had accidentally nuked one of their cities.
I would not approve any of the above: I would rather suffer the guilt of inaction than the guilt of innocent blood on my hands, which only those bent on criminal acts should bear. I might allow the other nation we attacked accidentally to themselves strike one of our cities of like size.
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