Sam Harris

“Nothing in Chomsky's account acknowledges the difference between intending to kill a child, because of the effect you hope to produce on its parents (we call this "terrorism"), and inadvertently killing a child in an attempt to capture or kill an avowed child murderer (we call this "collateral damage"). In both cases a child has died, and in both cases it is a tragedy. But the ethical status of the perpetrators, be they individuals or states, could not be more distinct... For Chomsky, intentions do not seem to matter. Body count is all.”


Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
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