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An Iranian nuclear scientist has been killed by a car bomb. Israel is suspected but not confirmed. If it's them, do you think it's morally justifiable? (UserQ)

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01/22/12 12:21 am

No more justifiable than it'd be if an Israeli nuclear scientist was car bombed by an Iranian swat team. Two wrongs don't make a right.

01/20/12 8:03 pm

Romans 12:21. state sponsored terrorism is state sponsored terrorism.

01/20/12 3:26 pm

Irans president has promulgated several times that he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. It is morally justified.

free2hang Arizona
01/18/12 12:27 pm

Redman- sounds like America your talking about. We have announced our enemies too. Funny how what u said is very comparable to how the USA acts.

Proczor Texas
01/16/12 5:31 pm

Question is not worded as well as it could be unless they are going for only morals.

Not moral but it is understandable.

01/16/12 2:20 pm

not morally but makes me feel safer

01/15/12 1:06 am

And people lets no forget that a nuclear weapon against the Israelis would kill thousands of Arabs. Would they sacrifice the city they fight so hard for? Iran would be signing its death warrant.

01/15/12 12:59 am

Ahmadinejad is scared. He sees what's going on in the middle east and is trying to look tough. He vows to do a lot of things. Let's see what he's able to do with one nuclear missile when he has thousands pointing at him? Not a damn thing.

redman15 Washington
01/15/12 12:10 am

Iran has already said repeatedly that they see Israel as an enemy. These middle eastern countries only know blood and will always use violence to fix difficult situations. No doubt Iran will eventually start a war.

RJ1969 SoCal
01/14/12 8:59 pm

none of those countries is going to nuke Israel...a tiny little country that can be utterly eliminated with a few atomic bombs.

Attikai Oregon
01/14/12 8:54 pm

Killing scientists is not morally justifiable. Pakistan, India, North Korea, China all have nukes. Are they dropping bombs? No. Fear does not justify murder. If you disagree ask yourself why you are so fearful.

jjjehly Wisconsin
01/14/12 3:55 pm

If I remember correctly, Iran has sworn to wipe Israel off the map as soon as they are able. Nukes would allow them to do just that. Morality has nothing to do with it, it is simply a pre-emptive strike.

01/14/12 11:58 am

@GunnySgt: I agree with you - All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/14/12 9:11 am

@lillipad & mem98, I respect your beliefs. I believe that evil exists throughout the world, and it must be eradicated whenever necessary to protect the innocent.

lilipad Tennessee
01/14/12 7:08 am

@gunny umm no he shouldn't have. It is wrong to kill any person. Hitler thought it was alright to kill Jews because they "didn't deserve to live" and look what happened.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/14/12 4:54 am

@mem98, hitler was a human. Did he deserve to die?

01/13/12 9:30 pm

No matter what he does for a job, he's still human. He didn't deserve to die.

01/13/12 8:16 pm

If it prevents a war then I'd say yes.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/13/12 6:44 pm

@RJ1969, Saudi's you think? I was thinking Mossad, but you may be onto something there.
And I liked the biota thing. Especially a thick ribeye biota.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/13/12 6:36 pm

They would have got double XP for urinating while motorcycling. And an achievement.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/13/12 6:35 pm

I bet there are some living Iranian nuke scientists that are nervously scanning their rear views, thinking how they can slow down their production, or just plain thinking of sabotaging their work. Not to mention trying to figure out how to defect without the Ayatollahs finding out.

01/13/12 6:35 pm

that's so wrong, Israel shouldn't have killed with no plans to urinate on them too.

01/13/12 4:43 pm

@fate--Absolutely there are times when killing is morally justified: self-defense, protection of innocent from being killed, ...

RJ1969 SoCal
01/13/12 4:17 pm

My it was the Saudi's.

RJ1969 SoCal
01/13/12 4:17 pm

our entire biota is based on predation. living things are supposed to be killed so that others may live.

01/13/12 1:32 pm

Killing is never morally justifiable

01/13/12 10:37 am

@nonono: It is clear to me that you know nothing about terrorism. I encourage you you re-read the definition that you spoke about. This tactical masterpiece meets none of the criteria for terrorism.

DB1984 Pennsylvania
01/13/12 10:32 am

Iran has stated on numerous occasions that they will wipe Israel out with nuclear weapons . Israel need to do what it has to to stop them .

01/13/12 10:27 am

I really hope it was the US that did this. This kill was B-E-A-UTIFUL! The epitome of a tactical engagement. No question, this is justified. This is the best way to derail the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Very, very well done. Superb.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
01/13/12 8:48 am

Iran may have done it to stir up trouble.

01/13/12 4:06 am

@Fresh1 that's because we actually AREN'T against terrorism. The US commits so many acts that fit the definition...

01/13/12 4:02 am

This poll needs a religion filter

01/13/12 2:33 am

That is an unequivocal act of terrorism.

ORinNY New York
01/12/12 10:34 pm

Preemptive strikes were the single worst precedent we've set in world military politics.

01/12/12 8:37 pm

It's hard to justify killing an innocent civilian.

01/12/12 8:17 pm

Agree Perot, Lincoln was not a citizen, Lincoln just ended a war he was not beginning one, Lincoln did not threaten to murder thousands of people...

Poor parallel

01/12/12 7:44 pm

@chbaines: I don't understand your example. Abraham Lincoln was no ordinary citizen. He was the Commander in Chief of a nation's military.

GunnyGunz Virginia
01/12/12 7:42 pm

I'm pretty certain that whatever spy organization(s) offed this scientist did their homework & due diligence. It sure beats an all out war though.

01/12/12 6:37 pm

I'm sure Booth felt more than morally justified in killing Lincoln, but in the final analysis murdering civilians for just doing their jobs is a dangerous principle.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
01/12/12 6:15 pm

Not only justifiable, but kudos for the magnetic bomb! +1 style points!

01/12/12 6:00 pm

mine is an iPhone and iPad, and it says screen name is already in use, even tho I'm on the same apple id

01/12/12 5:51 pm

Hmm... I use the same screen name for my iPad and my iPod touch.

01/12/12 5:07 pm

btw... this is still jdengel, it's just my iPad screen name

01/12/12 5:07 pm

it would only make sense if the scientist was attempting to build a nuclear device, I believe he was, because there is no good reason for anyone to kill this scientist, unless he's building a bomb

mixhead Oregon
01/12/12 4:24 pm

If Iran hates and wants to kill Jews then why don't they kill the 25,000 Jews living peacefully in Iran first?

mmjman Emerald Valley
01/12/12 4:09 pm

Yeah but why would they want to kill a scientist? That would be very counter productive, scientists are non partisan, and the nuclear program is aiming to benefit the whole country not just the ruling class.