A provocative question

If it were up to you, which of these outcomes would you chose in the event of a terrorist attack on the United States?

  • A bomb destroys the venerable Capital building in Washington DC. The dome collapses into the ruins. An American architectural masterpiece is gone along with a huge chunk of our history. One hundred die.
  • A bomb destroys an office park in suburban Pennsylvania. Two hundred people die with the attendant suffering of families and loved ones.

11 responses to “A provocative question

  1. That is very, very easy. I had rather The Capital Building go. If the choice was: Capital Building-100 die Office: 101 die… I would still say Capital Building. History is fine. Human Life is everything. 🙂

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  2. the attendant suffering of families and loved ones.

    Question. If the Capital building were to go, would the attendant suffering of families and loved one accompany them? Or is that reserved for the office park?

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  3. Pino: I do not presume to know what Moe meant, or provide an answer in her stead, but I would think the emphasis was: that there would be much more family suffering on the latter choice, with the deaths being double. And with the victims not being Government Officers, no $ from The Government. Surely you would not have to think too hard. Only a Nazi would put such a blatant value on Nationalist Sentiment at the expense of Human Life. Have you no heart?

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  4. Only a Nazi

    By definition: You lose the argument.

    Comparisons to Nazi’s, by either side, disqualifies the offender from intelligent debate on the subject.

    Go home.

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  5. I would have to also say the Capitol Building. The loss of 100 more lives is too much versus the loss of an historical building.

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  6. Well, ladies, you’re not going to like my choice.

    I’d save the Capital building. I actually don’t believe a single life is more valuable. It would take days of philosophical argument to explain why. (And I will stipulate that yes, if it were my own life I might feel differently. Which is a whole other conversation. )

    The beating heart of a nation affects hundreds of millions of lives. How deeply would such an event wound our national psyche – deeply enough for us to blame each other and start the killing? I believe it would.

    So, if there were a bomb attack, not everyone would die at once. But the nation might.

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  7. Pino: {Comparisons to Nazi’s, by either side, disqualifies the offender from intelligent debate on the subject.} Says who? You? I did not say that you were like a Nazi. But you still never answered Moe’s Question… Moe: I respectfully disagree. While I can understand where you are coming from, I ask that you hearken back to the worst attack in US History. 9/11. What did “that” do to our Psyche? It brought us together. Yeah, it also forced us into an irrevelant War, but we would not make that mistake again. The victims families of The Capital Attack would no doubt recieve financial compensation from Uncle Sam, unlike the families of civilian victims. And plus, double the body count is just to much to pay for National Sentiment. Any amount of life is, in my opinion. Moe, we are talking about Human Life vs. Stone! Again, I know where you are coming from, but that is just how I look at it. 😦

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    • [e worst attack in US History. 9/11. What did “that” do to our Psyche? It brought us together. Yeah, it also forced us into an irrevelant War, but we would not make that mistake again.]

      The sad truth Texan, is that we would make that mistake again. I am, sadly, absolutely sure of it.

      Hundreds of thousands died in Iraq. This time it could be right here.

      That ‘brought us together’ thing didn’t last long either. In fact, after a few years we grew so far apart that it became downright tribal. And it still feels that way.

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  8. Interesting the 100 people in the capital have no loved one……now that is a statement

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    • The 100 in DC and the first 100 in PA were a given. I was comparing the ADDITIONAL losses over and above the 100 lost at each place. The Capital in DC, vs the additional 100 people in PA.

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