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Is being a Navy Seal a moral/ethical profession? Can't all the killing result in severe moral injury upon return home?

Know this question is hard to answer but I would appreciate. I have an extreme respect/admiration for veterans but I am fascinated by the ethics of war and would love another perspective.

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I like your question. In a perfect world, we'd all be the same faith/religion, politicians would be honest, communism would work, there'd be no hate, and there'd be no need for war. Until we arrive at the perfect world, we must have those who are willing to defend the innocent from the violent, or we'd be slaughtered like sheep. To protect those who are unable to protect themselves is nobility. I also believe that many who protect us, pay a price the rest of us cannot fathom. God bless them, and keep them peaceful in their hearts.

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Great answer!
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That means a lot coming from you JD. We may not always agree, but you are a warrior, and since I'm married to a warrior, I have an inkling of the price warriors pay in this world. Thank you.
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If by warrior you mean someone who has really experienced war, I am not. I have never been in the military. That is one of my regrets. I tried to join the Navy but I was 4f. I'm sorry if I have said anything misleading. It was unintentional. I have NO respect for people who try to accept the glory without doing the job.
I am a scrapper. I won't back down from a fight if it's important. If I realize I'm in a silly argument I will stop arguing or if I see that I'm wrong I'll change my mind. I will engage in debate and if people are trying to take our rights I will fight for freedom however I can. If that is what you meant by warrior I still think you give me too much credit but thank you.
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My definition if "warrior" is a person, male or female, who has courage, wisdom, and determination to fight for what is right, no matter the cost. He or she also has skills that enable him/her to stand up to those who would harm other living beings for evil purposes. Those skills may be physical, mental, or some other type, but they are intentionally developed with the goal of accomplishing what others are not able to. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a warrior, Gandhi was a warrior, Grandma Moses was a warrior, and David from the Bible was a warrior. A warrior serves others before him or herself, knowing they pay a price, but doing so willingly. Oftentimes, mothers or fathers are warriors; warriors come in all sizes, shapes, and genders. There are many kinds of war, not just the ones with bombs and guns, warriors can be found in every war, fighting on, and win or lose, continuing to fight.
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If you applied that meaning to me I consider it a high compliment indeed. Thank You.
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there good people keeping us safe.

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Absolutely not, Sometimes to make peace you gotta make some war.

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Depends on the persons mindset. Sometimes things need to be done and there's some out there willing to do it.

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Any Spec. Ops. soldier realizes killing is part of the job,it doesn't make them inhuman..it makes them more human.You have to want to live to be a Seal or any other U.S. special forces member,because if they wanted to die and were afraid to kill,the mission would be a failure,and they would jeopardize innocent lives and the lives of our comrades.Any soldier that has seen combat and lives lost will tell you that it is heavy a cross to bear.

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You seem to be focusing on the special ops groups.
My perspective is that most of the killing was generated by your average infantry grunt, helicopter gunships etc.

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The question was about Seals,who are Special Forces.Not taking anything away from your average infantryman,Spec. Ops. are small units that do a lot of up close and personal killing.
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Morality and ethics looms in their mind and hearts from the (beginning to the end) of their careers military, socially, physically, spiritually, psychologically. There is a thin line between good/bad, justice. Those individuals give/receive a (gift of sort) that keeps on giving positively and negatively in their own personal lives and to those whom they will never meet or be appreciated. Shadow Warriors exist to bring LIGHT unto others. I have been fortunate to have known a few.

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*militarily
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what if they gave a war, and nobody came?

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What if they gave a war and only the enemy came?
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It would be called a rally.
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Maybe it would be called a slaughter or a massacre.
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Imagine !
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It is a very moral, ethical and heroic profession that requires great physical and mental strength and character. I'm sure that killing weighs heavily on the minds of those who need to do it but there are people who have to be killed or they will kill innocent people. War is bad but submission to evil is worse.

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I consider myself as being blessed for having served actively in the armed services for 4 years, and in life for 75 years, and never had the occasion, desire, nor reason to take the life from another mortal animal.

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I commend you, sir. It is a great gift to have been given so much time. I am happy for you that you never faced the threat of your imminent death at the end of a foe's weapon, for that has a way of subverting our peaceful desires.
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As one who has served in wartime, I can tell you the killing weighs on you for life. It is an unspoken rule that we refrain from such discussions as veterans of battle. Most find ways to compartmentalize or even rationalize that it's for the greater good, or that you were only surviving yourself. But to see someone die, or worse, numerous deaths, and knowing it was at your hands, there is nothing to compare to it. The training helps but does not cure. As mentioned by others above, strength of character plays into how well one deals with the moral and psychological conflicts of death in war. No doubt we have all heard stories of vets who couldn't cope with the inner demons that their war experiences thrust upon them. The only way to truly relate is to have been there, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. War is the ultimate insanity, no matter how noble the purpose.

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I won't argue with you because you obviously know more about it than I do but it seems to me that we need people who will engage in and even embrace that insanity or our Nation will not survive. General Patton comes to mind.
By our nation I mean the United States. Sometimes I forget that this site is worldwide.
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You are absolutely right. Freedom is not free. Without those of us who stand strong in the depths of war, our way of life is gone. It's a sad truth.
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You learn to be efficient. Kill or be killed.

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