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Comment Re:Ethical problems: continuous easy war (Score 1) 213 213

"People here are talking about killing people like sweeping floors or serving coffee - completely abstracted from the horror that a real war would be. Just wait until the Chinese start making robots to sweep through the street, packing heat and rounding up US-ians for internment camps. Maybe THEN people will finally say, "Hey, maybe we should work on making peace instead of war!" All the while you're maching down to a camp."

Way to shoot your own argument in the foot. Since you seem to think it's a make peace or make war choice, what do you do about countries that choose war when yours chooses peace. It's a classic prisoners dillema and the stakes are too high to be left the only person who didn't confess. Maybe many others on slashdot are just more pragmatic than you. If you live in a dangerous neighborhood, you can work to improve it and the peace of everyone living there without saying "if someone breaks into my house, I'm so dedicated to peace that I won't have a means to protect myself." Only a dedicated pacifist can say they wouldn't and I haven't met one lately (I'd consider letting the police expel your intruders with lethal force no different than doing it yourself).

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