FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #33

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Ambushed by guerillas, your military unit suffers heavy casualties and several of your men are captured.  To get vital information that would save the lives of those men, would you, if necessary, torture a captured enemy soldier?

No. 

Torture is never justified, under any circumstances.

But sometimes killing is.

There would be no time to spare–no time to negotiate, no time to try truth serum, nothing.

I would point a loaded handgun at the prisoner’s face.

And I would give him a choice:

If he would give me the information I needed, he would be freed as soon as my men were rescued.

If he would not give me the information I needed, he would be killed immediately.

Whatever choice he made, I would be obligated to keep my word.

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