On page 857 of Conrad Black's Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, we read:
unprecedentedly massive air assault on North Vietnam began on December
18. (Nixon told Haldeman and Kissinger that he didn't want to start on
Sunday, December 17, because he didn't want a church service in the
White House while he was bombing.)"
Nixon probably thought that he
was doing the right thing in ordering the air assault on North
Vietnam. Why, then, did he not want to hold a church service during
that time? Perhaps it was because he saw the bombing as a necessary
evil, and he did not want that to occur during an event that was good, a
I thought of II Chronicles 23 which is about the
high priest Jehoida leading a rebellion against the brutal Queen
Athaliah of Judah. In v 14, Jehoida tells the captains not to kill
Athaliah in the house of the LORD. They're killing someone, but they're
not doing their dirty work in the house of the LORD. I guess that
makes it all right, doesn't it?
I also thought of the final episode of season 5 of Dexter.
The sociopathic motivational speaker Jordan Chase is finally on
Dexter's killing table, and Dexter tells Lumen that she should be the
one to kill him, since Jordan incited men to rape her. Jordan
laughingly says, "You're talking like there's a polite way to do this,
as if there's some etiquette. Murder is murder!" See here for the scene.
Consequentialism for me but not for thee
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