Preventative Action


#1

I was just reading Watchmen, and (from the ending, although I won’t spoil it) it got me thinking about the concept of preventative action (to do something to prevent a larger incident).

An example of preventative action on a small scale would be something like assaulting someone who has been following you for 20 minutes, and on a large scale would be something like the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

What is your opinion on this matter?


#2

It’s okay, so long as you know for sure that it will help


#3

They could have bombed along the outskirts of those cities, shaking the population out of war. I think preventative action needs to be carefully considered and executed to precision.


#4

Whats your opinion on counter-terrorism on cells which have not directly committed crimes yet?


#5

If they are associated with a terrorist organization they’ve inherited the crimes committed by the organization. Parties have lines and anyone under the party has explicitly announced that they will uphold those lines. If you tell a policeman you are about to shoot up a park, you get detained, even if you haven’t done anything yet. I’m not so keen on counter-terrorist measures being carried out by unaccountable foreign forces, however.


#6

Interesting concept, but doesn’t that violate freedom of thought?


#7

Whatever’s going on in their conscious hardly matters against the actions they’ve actually taken. I guess if these folks were actually getting charged in a court their specific actions should be more individualized, but we’re talking about warfare here.


#8

That’s fair I guess, although I’m still not a fan of people that are simply being affiliated with terrorist groups getting arrested outright (surveyed, sure, but arrested seems too authoritarian imo).


#9

Pssh. Not a thing.

In my opinion, I think that once you associate with something like a terrorist group you take it all. Being a religious fanaticist is one thing, but going and meeting with al-quaeda members? Thats something else. It’s like you can be a communist and not support Stalin you know? I agree with you on surveying if their just radical in ideology, because often times people spew radical thoughts but rarely go into action with them. But once they hide/marry/ associating with terrorist groups, that’s when the games up.


#10

Preventative action should only be taken if it is to prevent a major crime, and has strong probably cause.