Is it ever morally justified to intentionally target civilians during wartime?

Watch this fascinating debate between A.C.Grayling and Christopher Hitchens. Grayling defends the arguments made in his book, ‘Among the Dead Cities’.

  • Were the allied bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden similarly immoral as the attack on the twin towers on 9/11? Grayling thinks so, but Hitchens disagrees?
  • How far can governments go to maintain national security and to put down “evil regimes”?
  • Who decides when a war and resulting violence is necessary?
  • What are the different moral philosophies that underpin each of the debaters’ views here?
  • How can we ensure that contemporary moral decisions are informed by lessons from the past?
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