View Poll Results: What Is Your Choice?

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  • Option 2: Win the War

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    Which would you Choose?

    I'm going to give you a scenario. I would like you to answer in the poll ahove after having read the scenario.

    You are the leader of your country. Your country is at war with another country. One day ago, your analysts cracked the enemy cipher, and you have learned of an impending attack on your capital city. You have also learned of a weakness in the enemy defensive line 5 days after the capital city will be attacked.

    You have 2 choices as to how to respond.

    1. You either evacuate or reinforce your capital. Either way, the enemy will realize you cracked their code, and they will change their code. They will also realize their weakness, and they will block the weakness. This choice will protect your capital city, but it will force the war to drag on. 10 Million people die in the course of the war.

    2. You evacuate only the leaders of your country, and allow the enemy to destroy your capital city. Your armies wait for the weakness, and spring forward, and win the war. Your capital city, however, is destroyed. Regardless, you have won the war. 1 Million of your citizens die, along with 1 million citizens of the country you are at war with.

    Stipulate that whatever I have stated will happen. No choices but 1 or 2.

    What will you do?
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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    go to the next new post

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    How the hell did you just tie in a retroactive reparative measure with a proactive preventative measure. Not even close to being the same thing.

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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    Win the war, enslave the conquered to rebuild the city.....

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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    I choose #2. Winning is everything.
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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    Anyone see the greater lesson behind this question?
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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    The 2nd option saves nine million. It would be idiotic to not go with that
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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    10 Million people die in the course of the war.
    This is the flaw in your question. No one can accurately predict the future. Better strategies, better tactics, better logistics, and you reduce your casualties. You save those in the current, then work to save those in the future.
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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    Beat them to it, and burn your own city before they can. Worked for the Russians.

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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I'm going to give you a scenario. I would like you to answer in the poll ahove after having read the scenario.

    You are the leader of your country. Your country is at war with another country. One day ago, your analysts cracked the enemy cipher, and you have learned of an impending attack on your capital city. You have also learned of a weakness in the enemy defensive line 5 days after the capital city will be attacked.

    You have 2 choices as to how to respond.

    1. You either evacuate or reinforce your capital. Either way, the enemy will realize you cracked their code, and they will change their code. They will also realize their weakness, and they will block the weakness. This choice will protect your capital city, but it will force the war to drag on. 10 Million people die in the course of the war.

    2. You evacuate only the leaders of your country, and allow the enemy to destroy your capital city. Your armies wait for the weakness, and spring forward, and win the war. Your capital city, however, is destroyed. Regardless, you have won the war. 1 Million of your citizens die, along with 1 million citizens of the country you are at war with.

    Stipulate that whatever I have stated will happen. No choices but 1 or 2.

    What will you do?

    I do not think I would just sacrifice a million of my own countrymen. Especially considering the fact I do not know for sure if sacrificing them would actually end the war or not sacrificing them would make the war drag on. However many the enemy looses is no concern of mine as long as the enemy looses more lives than my side.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Which would you Choose?

    I'm not a Consequentialist; save my capital.

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