By Ted Honderich
Seems on the ethical matters round terrorism. offers with questions like: what's to count number as a 'good life'? Why is terrorism morally improper? To what volume are Western nations materially and morally answerable for the terrorism they event? less than what stipulations is terrorism morally justified? what sort of competition to one's personal nation is morally justified? Honderich is a consequentialist: his "principle of humanity" is that we must always try and drag humans out of "bad lives".
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Well, all of the best-off tenths, wherever they are, have a lot in common and also, you might think, a common interest. Such a common interest is different from the common interest of each best-off tenth with the rest of the people of its own country. Take the interest of a Mexican executive of a transnational corporation setting up a further lowwage assembly plant in Mexico across the border from America. Is his interest not an interest that conflicts with the interests of the Mexican women in the plant?
It is necessary neither to overstate nor to understate the nature of morality in this connection. Its nature is as relevant to our condemnation of terrorism and to our judgements on responses of our governments to it. Let us now come closer to the question of what worked-out moral principles to bring to bear on ourselves, on September 11 and other possible and conceivable terrorism, and on what we are to do. These will be principles of wider relevance, and what strength they have will be owed partly to that fact.
The land of Palestine, despite the contribution of the Bible to misconceptions, apparently was a land of Semites in the beginning – Semites being speakers of a certain family of languages – and except for a longer and a shorter interlude, brief in terms of its long history, it remained such a land until very recently. That is, it was settled around 4,000 bc and remained Semitic rather than Hebrew in particular except for a few centuries around 700 bc and a shorter time around the birth of Christ.
After the Terror by Ted Honderich