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Day 79 – Q 2. What are war ethics? Do you agree with the saying, that ‘Everything is fair in love and war’?

2. What are war ethics? Do you agree with the saying, that ‘Everything is fair in love and war’?


The purpose of war ethics is to help decide what is right or wrong, both for individuals and countries, and to contribute to debates on public policy, and ultimately to government and individual action. War ethics also leads to the creation of formal codes of war (e.g. the Hague and Geneva conventions), the drafting and implementation of rules of engagement for soldiers, and in the punishment of soldiers and others for war crimes.


The ethics are meant to ensure war is morally justifiable through a series of criteria, all of which must be met for a war to be considered just. The criteria are split into two groups: “right to go to war” (jus ad bellum) and “right conduct in war” (jus in bello). The first concerns the morality of going to war, and the second the moral conduct within war.

Everything is fair in love and war. The ends justify the means when it comes to love and war. When you are fighting a war it is important to do what you have to in order to win the war. You can’t expect someone to play fair in war when their survival is on the line. When going for love it is also important to do as much as you can for the people that you love. 

Everything is not fair. We do not live in a world with no rules, and many of those rules are there for a reason. If we just allowed ourselves to be ruled by passion without thinking, the world would be in chaos. Yes, it’s important to stick to what you believe in, whether it be to fight for your loved one or your country, but logic and reason are just as fundamental and necessary as passion and strong beliefs. Countries that drop bombs on innoncent people and militia who kill innoncent people on the basis of religion, Lovers who rape other young girls, lovers who throw acid or physically abuse girls can never be correct.


Just because you are put into a dangerous situation or a situation that feels do or die (like love) doesn’t mean that you should abandon all your morals. We as a human being must respect the other beings even in crisis situation like war.

Best answer: Ritik

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