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is u s intervention in libya a morally right decision

Is U.S. intervention in Libya a morally right decision?

According to the Principle of Utility…

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http://www.aceros-de-hispania.com/image/airsoft-ics-guns/m16-a3.jpg

thesis
Thesis
  • Yes, according to the Principle of Utility, U.S intervention in Libya is morally right!

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the situation in libya
The Situation in Libya
  • Due to current political turmoil in the Middle East…
    • Rebels in Libya are fighting against the dictator Gaddafi, for their freedom.
    • Gaddafi is using brutal force when fighting them, killing many.

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/twn_up_fls/gaddafi_.jpg

principle of utility
Principle of Utility
  • According to John Stuart Mill’s text, Utilitarianism, The Principle of Utility states…
    • Maximize benefits
    • Minimize harms
    • Allow the greatest amount of pleasure
the options
The options…
  • Send troops to help Libya’s rebels

OR

  • Do nothing
help them out

**BOLD NOTES INEVITABLE**

Help Them Out

Benefits

Harms

Libyan rebel lives lost

Libyan Army lives lost

American soldiers lives lost

American money/resources spent

Duty to help other nations in turmoil

Libyan rebel lives saved

Control of Libyan Oil

Improved relations with Libya

do nothing

**BOLD NOTES INEVITABLE**

Do Nothing

Benefits

Harms

American soldiers lives saved

American money/resources saved

Libyan rebels lives lost

Libyan Army lives lost

Lost oil investment

example
Example…
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom…
    • Deployed 466,985 total personnel
    • $917,744,361.55 spent in a 9 months
    • 4,421 total deaths, 3,491 KIA
  • Was it worth it?

http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2010/02/Operation-Iraqi-Freedom.jpg

ethical objection
Ethical Objection!
  • The numbers do not support the Principle of Utility…
    • A lot of life being lost
    • Appears to be more harm than benefit
response
Response
  • Though the numbers do not support, the entire idea is morally right.
  • Overall will bring more happiness to Libya, the Middle East, and the world.
  • Lives lost are a small price to pay for freedom
political objection
Political Objection!
  • Starting another foreign conflict is a bad idea…
    • Aid, in any form, is expensive.
    • Helping another country instead of helping our own.
    • Taking more soldiers away from home.
    • A lot of death involved, on both sides.
response1
Response
  • Helping another country fight for freedom
  • Saving lives in the process
  • Gaining allies
  • Money spent can be refunded in oil…
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Helping Libya in their current situation would be a morally right decision.
  • Produces more benefits than harms.

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works cited
Works Cited
  • "Operation Iraqi Freedom - By the Numbers." globalsecurity.org. N.p., 30 Apr. 2003. Web. 12 Apr. 2011. <www.globalsecurity.org/.../uscentaf_oif_report_30apr2003
  • "Total Deaths KIA Non-Hostile WIA OIF U.S. Military Casualties." defense.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2011. <www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pd>.