The Moral Response to Radical Evil
The moral response to evil is one of the greatest of all ethical dilemmas. On the one hand, the task of morality is to define good and evil, commending the former while condemning the latter. On the other hand, extirpation of evil calls for action that morality, in other contexts, would deem evil. So, while killing is evil, killing a killer is good. The moral paradox of killing is magnified exponentially when it comes to war.
Tags and keywords: Evil, Amalek, Genocide, War, Jus In Bello, Parshat Zachor, Purim, Beshalach, Ki Teitzei
Shiur No: 550