The ends can and do justify the means.
Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.
Careful, that's a rule the weak live by. 😎
Sometimes. I don't think this is a rule else it would apply all the time.
It was true in WW2 and the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Japan, but it wouldn't be true in the forced vaccination of children against their parents wishes as a means to reduce illnesses.
The end justifying the means is an excuse to trample individual liberties in order to reach what many consider to be desirable social justices and outcomes.
How was dropping atomic bombs a necessary means when the Japanese were ALREADY at the brink of surrendering and their entire naval capabilities had been destroyed? There was mounting pressure from within Japan to surrender.
Some cases yes, some cases no. Depends on the nature of each. If you think that's weaseling, so be it. To use the common phrase, it's like porn. I know it when I see it.