Posted by Ben Naga
PILATE – NUREMBERG – OBAMA
What kind of defence is
“Just following orders”?
I hear you sold your arse
Hope you got a good price
Posted on October 27, 2016, in Four By Six and tagged Honour, Integrity, No shame, Politics, Shame. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
Just following orders is a soldiers defense and it seems to be acceptable.
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Not at Nuremberg. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superior_orders
“Superior orders, often known as the Nuremberg defence, lawful orders or by the German phrase Befehl ist Befehl (“only following orders”, literally “an order is an order”), is a plea in a court of law that a person—whether a member of the military, law enforcement, a firefighting force, or the civilian population—not be held guilty for actions which were ordered by a superior officer or an official.
“The superior orders plea is often regarded as the complement to command responsibility.
“One of the most noted uses of this plea, or defence, was by the accused in the 1945–46 Nuremberg Trials, such that it is also called the “Nuremberg defence”. The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the main victorious Allied forces after World War II, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of the defeated Nazi Germany. It was during these trials, under the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal which set them up, that the defence of superior orders WAS NO LONGER CONSIDERED ENOUGH TO ESCAPE PUNISHMENT; but merely enough to lessen punishment”
To give away one’s will, moral integrity and responsibility as a human being is indeed no more than to sell one’s arse. (In My Humble Opinion.) My father and I could not see eye to eye on this matter, but then he never ever told me he loved me either.
I never heard my mother say she loved me either. I think it had to do with the Era. Now if a soldier isn’t responsible his superior service and should be held accountable but then I guess all is fair in love and war.
“all is fair in love and war.”
Now *there* is a phrase that’s been used to cover a multitude of sins over the years.
I don’t care who gave the order, there are some things I just wouldn’t do and killing is one of them.
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Good for you. Personal moral responsibility has always seemed to me to be of great importance.
Yes, and once you’ve gone beyond your personal moral boundaries you can’t ever get them back.
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