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Starter: The Afghan Goatherds Moral Dilemma
From Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do by Michael Sandel
In June 2005, a special forces team made up of Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell and three other U.S. Navy SEALs set out on secret reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border in search of a Taliban leader...their target commanded 140 to 150 heavily armed fighters and was staying in a village in the forbidding mountainous region. Shortly after the...team took up a position on a mountain ridge overlooking the village, two Afghan farmers with about a hundred bleating goats happened upon them. With them was a boy about 14 years old. The Afghans were unarmed.
Their choices were to let them go, thus potentially compromising their mission if the Afghans were to inform the Taliban of their location OR kill them. They didn't have any rope, so tying them up while they found a new hideout was out of the question.
QUESTION: What are the justifications for both option and what do you think they should have done?
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Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School