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the question of whether it is ethical to put revolutionaries to death - I would still argue that it isn't

Depends on whether the regime is legitimate. If so, then during an insurrection, shoot-to-kill, or even summary execution up to a point, is fine by me. After the fact (with due process), certainly not.

Borderline case : mercenaries captured during coup attempts. Tidiest solution: accidental extra-judicial death.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jul 27th, 2011 at 11:04:19 AM EST
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I wasn't trying to make the case that it's unethical to shoot hostile irregulars before they surrender, only after they have done so.

Of course, in practise during a serious insurrection (and even during a not-so-serious one - see, e.g., the alleged suicides of German RAF members in prison) rebels are going to get summarily executed. And while nobody will complain very loudly about that, it still doesn't make a good legal precedent.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 27th, 2011 at 12:15:28 PM EST
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