Boston University School of Law
We celebrate courageous acts, but the conventional selection of acts to honor may sanction the slaughter of innocent persons. Most of those who are cited by governments for bravery are military personnel (I shall refer to them, generically, as “soldiers”). We can understand why governments routinely honor soldiers for bravery. Courage is required in warfare. To act as they are told that duty requires, soldiers must overcome reasonable fear of the gruesome dangers that they face. And we can expect governments to claim that their soldiers did not die in vain, but served nobly in a just cause.
David B. Lyons,
Courage and Political Resistance
Boston University Law Review
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