Ethics of War

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The wrong and right actions taken by the people of war.
It's the set of rules and values of soldiers and people involved with war


  • This is an article that talks about the U.S prisons that are in Guantanamo. This prison holds terrorism suspects of war and some were sent to this prison as early as 2002. Some may believe this is ethical because it is not on U.S soil, while others would strongly disagree in saying it goes against the U.S constitution. The prison of Guantanamo was set up under the presidencey of George W. Bush. Since Obama began his campaigning for President, he stated that he would transfer the prisoners. This article goes into detail of where the prisoners are being transferred to as well as trials that they are facing.

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah:
  • "Young boys were immediately recruited and the initials RUF were carved where ever it pleased the rebels with a hot bayonet." (page 24)
    • Young boys were turned into little killing machines and were branded so they had no chance of escaping alive. Once the other side saw the branding they would kill them. Little kids are being taught to kill and learn how to be killed.

  • Our innocence was replaced by fear and we had become monsters." (page 55)
    • The innocence of young boys were being taken away from them as they were taught how to kill other people. Child soldiers is very unethical.

  • " I am very proud to have served my country with you boys. But your work here is done, and I must send you off. These men will put you in school and find you another life." (page 129)
    • After the boys served in the war with the army, UNICEF came in and took the younger boys away to rehabilitate and live a better life. UNICEF helps younger kids that become soldiers. It helps them learn that killing is not the way of life and learn to live a healthier, happier, and safer life.


  • This article is about the Israel invasion of the Gaza Strip. During this invasion Israeli soldiers committed violence abuse against Palestinian Civilians. This article concluded that during the invasion 1,166 Palestinians were killed. Physicians of Human-Rights-Israel reported that the Israel Military went against there own code of ethics. This action taken by Israel also could have violated international laws, by putting medical personnel in danger. This article has supporting detail of Israel soldiers' going against ethics of their own.

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Children are being brought into wars very frequently. The people who recruit them don't think it is harmless, but other people disagree.Having child soldiers is highly unethical because children should not be killing people and fighting in a war, they should be laughing and playing with their friends and having fun. Kids shouldn't know how to use a gun and people able to point it at someone and shoot them. They are little kids. Making a child into a soldier ruins their minds and makes them think only war and only killing. Kids shouldn't be thinking about that. They should be thinking about what they want to do with their friends or worrying about school. No child should have to go through this.

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The book S. was set in 1992 during the time of the Bosnian war. Women were taken from their villages and were placed into camps. They had no anticipation of when their departure would be, or if it would ever come. In these prison camps soldiers would brutally rape and torture the women. Even young girls were forced into these camps and were faced with horrific distress. The picture above shows that young girls were placed into these camps, some without their families. Every day and night the girls would fear the soldiers. They would stumble into their rooms, take their pick of the girls and begin their torment, some never returned. The women of the camp lost their dignity and hope that they would be able carry on any longer. Everyday was just a new fear for the women and a fight to make it out alive. Some would question if the survival was even worth the pain.

"Where is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas

"People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love"

The song "Where is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas talks about what is happening to people and how others could let that happen. They wonder where the love for others is and they feel that no one is there for each other. War is going on and some people feel it's wrong. Also, there is so much hate in the USA, where is the love?

S. by Slavenka Drakulic:

  • "Then there is the boot on her chest. The dull pain forces the breath from her lungs. Open your mouth, says a man's voice. He is standing over her, his legs spread. Open your mouth! S. opens her mouth. There is a long steam of urine. Swallow, he orders, I'll teach you obedience." (page 62)
    • This quote shows the torture the women go through in the camp. It shows that the soldiers take control over the women and make up their own rules. It is wrong for the soldiers to abuse the women in such a way. I don't think its right for them to do whatever they want to the women as if their not even human.

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Voces Inocentes is a Spanish move about a young boy name Chava that has to learn to escape the war being fought around him. People keep coming into the villages he lived in and where he runs to fighting and killing and capturing children to be soldiers. This relates to the book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah because the same thing happened to Ismael. He was running from the war and the rebels and became a child soldier. Child soldiers is unethical and children should NOT be soldiers.

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This picture describes my book entirely, due to the fact its about a lone sniper that scopes out the enemy hidden and unseen. The picture is a great representation of what my character does and what his position is in the war.

This YouTube video is about Ishmael Beah talking about his book and his life as a child soldier. He talks about doing drugs and what he had to go through to become a soldier. Also, he talks about what happens when UNICEF helps him and the other child soldiers.

Such an interesting video! There is so much MORE you could have written about the ethics of a child being pulled into warfare, not to mention the ethics of our own violence-crazed society.
In this video that was aired on 60 minutes in August 2008, it talks about the civil war in Congo. Women, both young and old suffer from brutal rapes. Soldiers of the war violently rape these women, sometimes its even gang rape. In this video one of the millions of women talk about her experience when six soldiers came into her house and raped her one after another in front of her family. Nine months later, she gave birth to a little girl. Like in the book S. the women in the camps were raped and some even became pregnant. This video talks about a hospital in Congo that is used to take care of women who were violently raped. Not only does this hospital take care of the women but it also counsels them and is there for support.

Where is your summary and analysis of this topic? How does your definition of War Ethics change when you take into account the different points of view shown through each of your books as well as the perspectives demonstrated through everything else you have added to this page?