You have the gift of foresight and one unit of the defence forces that must stay together to have the strength to control either of these situations (A) Rioting and looting will break out in your hometown, 50 people will die unless army is brought it to control the area (b) 3,000 people will die in a ethnic cleansing massacre in a far off country unless your army unit ( the only one available in the whole world ) is sent on an UN mission to protect the town. You are in charge of army unit, what do you do?
- Protect your hometownVote A
- Go on UN missionVote B
- Just Nosey - See ResultsVote C
Most Helpful Girl
Definitely the UN mission, sorry my hometown folks. 3000 people is a HUGE number, compared to 50. I mean, those fifty people are also human being too, but if compared, 3000 is a wayy lot more.0
Most Helpful Guy
Depends. 3,000 is a huge number compared to 50. But when you compare the long term effects it may be different. 50people killed in a spree of violence in a historically peaceful town could very well destroy the town.. and depending on the town, and the nature of the riot, they could all be small children and innocent old people caught up in the surge, or they could be innocent shop keepers, or they could be a bunch of hooligans that the world is better off without.
On the other hand 3,000 may seem large by many standards, it's pretty small as 'ethnic cleansing' standards go. And if a country is in such distress as to need outside help to stop ethnic clensing once, will it really stop it from happening again?
In some parts of the world massive body counts like that are simply a regular occurance. It's horrible but true. And that's before you consider the larger ethical considerations of imposing your own view of what it right and wrong over the whole world. Sure ethnic cleansing is pretty objectivly evil, but if you interceed on that do you go in when there is a worker strike which get's violent? What about if they are euthenising people infected with a dangerous desiese?
Suddenly there are far wider implications to consider, and it's not a simple numbers game.
I would probably save the 3,000.0