You are incorrect - Harris was exactly couching his argument in the way that you just did.<quoted text>
If they are Al Qaeda, they have already done something. They are soldiers who have sworn to a war against the United States, and an enemy in war is killed justifiably.
That's not a thought, and it is not what Sam Harris was referring to. Moron.
Of course you wouldn't know that if you've only read the misquote, taken out of context.
"When one asks why it would be ethical to drop a bomb on Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of al Qaeda, the answer cannot be,Because he killed so many people in the past. To my knowledge, the man hasnt killed anyone personally. However, he is likely to get a lot of innocent people killed because of what he and his followers believe about jihad, martyrdom, the ascendancy of Islam, etc. A willingness to take preventative action against a dangerous enemy is compatible with being against the death penalty (which I am). Whenever we can capture and imprison jihadists, we should. But in many cases this is either impossible or too risky. Would it have been better if we had captured Osama bin Laden? In my view, yes. Do I think the members of Seal Team Six should have assumed any added risk to bring him back alive? Absolutely not.- See more at: http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/respo...