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Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?

Experience shows that "humanitarian war" is an oxymoron. The first blow to the idea was the failed intervention in Somalia in 1993. U.S. forces sent to maintain the peace while aid was distributed to millions of starving civilians were withdrawn after just 18 U.S. soldiers died. Policymakers drew the lesson that the American public will not tolerate casualties in a humanitarian war that has no clear national security justification. This lesson guided President Bill Clinton's refusal to authorize military intervention during the Rwandan genocide and his decision to limit U.S. military intervention in Kosovo in 1999 to high-altitude bombing, which ensured that no American pilots were killed -- at the expense of civilians on whose heads errant bombs fell. The Kosovo intervention, although regarded as a success in some quarters, cost billions of dollars, required a seven-year occupation and could turn out to be a slow-motion version of Iraq.

The problem with humanitarian intervention is not only that the costs are usually too high, but it turns out that the benefits usually are low. There are just too many risks and imponderables when war is used to prevent atrocities rather than to defeat an enemy. Military weapons inevitably kill civilians, and smart tyrants foil smart bombs by using their own civilians as shields. Dictators understand that a war premised on humanitarianism fails if they can make the invader kill their citizens. Removing the dictator risks civil war, which is almost always worse than the original abuses. Replacing him with another dictator only puts off the atrocities until another day. Long-term occupation breeds hostility, then insurgency and violence. In comparison with this, the original ruler might not seem so bad after all:

Lies behind the "Humanitarian War" in Libya: Pt 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4evwAMIh4Y Part 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmahzMfw6T4&feature=relmfu

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We don't.

Psychopathic self-appointed power-addicted rulers do - Always have, probably always will. The sooner us plebeians realize it, the fewer victims there will be. They use us to do their dirty work. We only need to refuse.

It is bizzare

It all starts in childhood when adults tell 2 and 3 year olds that it's wrong to hit others...then if the child hits another anyway...what's the first thing the adult will generally do?...they yank them by the arm and hit them.

It's always baffled me how the US is able to hold a straight face when it tells some dicator that if he does not stop killing that we will have to start killing. The older I get the more insane things seem to be. I'm convinced that the people doing the killing and certainly the ones being killed could find some other way to settle their differences. Unless you harm or threaten someone I love...there is very little chance I'd consider ending your life for something you'd have done to me. (I'm sure there are exceptions so no need to "test" me) But regardless, it sure seems to me that people in power truly are psychopaths and enjoy evil.

Now, ordering someone to kill for you must be the Ultimate high for the filthly rich, power elite. Not many (if any) actually do any killing themselves, but, they sure do seem to love to order others to kill for them on command. Crazy a$$ mutherfu(kers!

because Diplomacy has been abandoned by world leaders

who profit from war and therefore pursue it instead of peace.

We live in a world where there is an International Summit of Sustainable Development but no Annual Peace Summit attended by all nations?

Global Peace should be the highest priority of all International leaders! Diplomacy ended the war between Pakistan and Inda, between the IRA and Great Britain, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the list goes on.

We need a renewed committment to Diplomacy and an International Peace Summit held each and every year!

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We don't.

We kill people who kill people to eliminate the people who are killing people. It's perfectly legal in this country with due process. It is unconstitutional outside our borders minus a congressional declaration of war.

Undo what Wilson did

The US makes war to expand

The US makes war to expand it's influence and empire. Whenever we kill some evil dictator (and remember that an EVIL dictator is one who refuses to allow Washington to dictate policy) then we can replace them with a more pliable puppet ruler and the CIA gains another colony-the whole point of the game!

Because it's fun!

Because it's fun!