BP #7

As we all know ISIS as been causing much terror and bloodshed in the Middle-East and many other parts of the world, and the world has been responding to them and fighting back. In the past year or so there has been 3 major cities that have been taken back from ISIS and liberated from the extremist group. There is one last major city that ISIS holds called Mosul, and the U.S. and other allies are attempting to take this city back. Taking Mosul back from ISIS would be a great victory against this war on terror, but when it comes to war every victory comes with costs.

The other 3 major cities that have been taken back from ISIS have been left in ruin, and there are still improvised bombs covering the cities and other booby traps. Many civilian lives have been lost in the struggle against ISIS. However, the U.S. and other allies might be looking at this war with a utilitarian view. J.S. Mill tells us that in utilitarianism it is all about bad and good consequences. When it comes to taking the right action, this right action must be the optimific action, which is finding the greatest balance of good to bad consequences. So, when it comes to fighting ISIS, attacking their key cities they hold in order to get rid of the group would be the right action. It would be the right action because despite the bad consequences and the ruin that comes to the cities and hardship for the citizen, the good consequences of liberating this part of the world from the hold of the ISIS extremism are greater and will ultimately benefit more people.

Isaac Lippert

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/world/middleeast/mosul-iraq-isis.html?ref=world&_r=0

 

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