Is Winning, at Any Cost, a Moral Objective?

Does Admiral Donitz' strategy of winning the war by sinking as many Allied supply ships as possible - thereby potentially starving Germany’s enemies in Europe - make sense from a war-winning perspective? Why, or why not?

Should the “need to win,” whether in war or otherwise, be tempered by a moral component? When does the moral component apply and when might it not apply (if ever)?

On the 1st of May, 1915, Germany attacked the above-pictured USS Gulflight, in error - causing the death of three Americans. Does the mistaken belief that the ship was British remove Germany's responsibility (moral or otherwise) for the unprovoked attack? Why (or why not)?

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