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Posted by Religion_Host (U1716878) on Wednesday, 27th October 2010
The thousands of secret documents published by Wikileaks detail an horrific catalogue of torture, friendly fire deaths and casual killings and have given us an insight into the brutal chaos after the fall of Saddam Hussein and how ill prepared the allies were to deal with it. But at what cost? The American and British governments say the leaks are grossly irresponsible and risk endangering the lives of soldiers. Some argue the revelations will even encourage more terrorist attacks against the West.
So how do we balance the right to know the truth against the damage that might be caused by publishing it? Are the leakers champions of freedom, liberty and democracy against Big Brother states, or just conspiracy theorists who've set themselves up as unaccountable arbiters of truth? Is transparency the disinfectant that will keep us all clean and pure or are the endless demands for transparency and freedom of information a substitute for searching out the truth? Will an endless cascade of disclosure with no context undermine our trust in civic society and if so, what will replace it?
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Posted by hotmousemat (U2388917) on Thursday, 28th October 2010
The discussion didn't really work because some of the panel and contributors didn't see it as serious if our troops or their allies torture and murder people. If you take that view, then any leaks about such matters, because they might possibly cause some operational problems, were obviously unjustified.
You can't have debates about how our moral values apply to a given issue unless we have some shared moral values to start with.
Perhaps the Moral Maze should go back to basics and have discussions on subjects like whether it is wrong to kill somebody for personal gain. Because I'm honestly not sure whether Michael and the team have really made their mind up about such issues.
Posted by josy (U14065324) on Friday, 29th October 2010
Perhaps this will ensure that governments do not invade other countries or that their soldiers behave within the codes of conducts they sign up for.
It is sickening when we hear daily of the deaths of soldiers, but seldom hear about the collateral damage suffered by those who have been invaded.
It is about time we stopped using lies to support our invasive & imperialistic behaviour. This is the 21st century, & technology allows ordinary people to obtain information that would otherwise be kept from them.
I do not support war mongering - this leaking of the documents means that the persons leaking the information are not happy with what is occuring!
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