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Should the full horrors of war be shown in the media?

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Started: 3/16/2015 Category: News
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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trinni101

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Should the full horrors of war be shown in the media and news? I think they should as it does open our eyes to the full horrors of war and the affect which country's issues cause as well as the effect of the people
WillYouMarryMe

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People shouldn't be exposed to the full horrors of war because they are emotional and often irrational as a result of that; they are prone to valuing their subjective moral impulses over the greater good, and may even attempt to act on those impulses, which is detrimental to the greater good. A prime example of this is the Vietnam War, in which, in response to photos from the battlefield, people began to launch widespread protests against the war, eventually leading to it being brought to an end. Of course, the Vietnam War wasn't a just war, but the point is that in the case of a war which *is* in the interest of the greater good, people who are exposed to the full horrors of battle could take similar actions to end it, which would have negative consequences. There is a reason why the US government does not release photos from the War in Afghanistan; it is because they do not want the public to know about things like how the military tortures prisoners during interrogations or the civilian casualties which are occasionally inflicted. The people, being emotional and irrational, would likely act on their moral impulses, as they did in Vietnam, to end the war despite the necessity of taking action against Islamic terrorist organizations. Thus, the people should be kept ignorant of the horrors of warfare, so that the government can do what is in the best interest of national security without interference. The resolution is negated.
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