Asymmetric ethics and warfare

The Empire does no harm. If you died in a drone attack it follows from the Principle of Asymmetric Ethics that you were a terrorist.

The Empire does no harm: If you died in a drone attack the Principle of Asymmetric Ethics implies that you were a terrorist.

Glenn Greenwald’s dispatch on the Empire of Asymmetric Ethics:

In general, countries become indignant when other nations kill their own citizens. But all of the normal rules are inapplicable when the countries in question are the U.S. and Israel. Thus, when a Palestinian runs his car into an American child, this is instantly declared a “despicable act” of “terrorism” which is condemned in “the strongest possible terms”: no investigation needed. But when an Israeli occupying soldier shoots and kills an American child, the most tepid, nonjudgmental and careful language is used to politely call for an “investigation” by the very occupying military responsible for the killing.