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Does Morality Play a Role on the Battlefield?

When a German U-boat captain saw a sea of people trying to save themselves, he did not fire a second torpedo at Lusitania on the 7th of May, 1915.

Kapitan-Leutnant (Kptlt) Walther Schwieger wrote these words in his diary: 

I couldn't have fired another torpedo into this mass of humans desperately trying to save themselves.

Schwieger, a navy man whose battlefield was the Atlantic Ocean, could have fired another torpedo at the ship. Do you think he declined to do it because his concept of morality made him take a different course of action?

When you hear that Lusitania’s passengers and crew were “desperately trying to save themselves,” what does that mean to you?

Have you ever been in a situation where people were “desperately trying to save themselves?” What were those circumstances?


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