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Does War Change Our View about Protecting Women and Children?

On the 7th of May, 1915, a German U-boat sank three ships in the Irish Sea before setting its sights on Lusitania.

When U-20 - the U-boat which attacked Lusitania - was within sight of the large passenger ship steaming toward the Irish coast, its crew had to know that women and children were aboard the vessel.

By sending a torpedo toward the passenger ship, the crew of U-20 had to believe that women and children, aboard the huge vessel, would die as a result of the attack.

Does war change a person’s viewpoint about protecting women and children? Why, or why not?

Do you think war changes a person’s humanity, generally speaking? Explain your answer.

Does morality have anything to do with how submarine crew members, during war time, do their jobs?

What is the job of a submarine crew, during war? Do they ever have to be concerned with women and children who might be aboard the vessels they attack?


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