Saturday, 19 March 2011

Wartime Sacrifice

    There was a naval battle in the Solomon Islands during World War 2 in which many U.S. warships were destroyed by two Japanese destroyers. In the course of the battle, one U.S. warship refused to pick up many allied sailors in the water for fear that this ship would also be damaged by enemy gunfire.

These situations were criticised by many as being quite extreme, although Joseph Fletcher agreed that they were so, because in normal cases, the general guidelines should be applied and it is only in extreme cases that exceptions would need to be made.

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