20 Jun '16, 11pm

Science Under the Gun

All of which is to say that had the United States been at war with Iran and had the Iranian scientists been actively undertaking the building of a nuclear bomb with the purpose of using it in some form or fashion against the United States or its allies, and had it been clear that that purpose was likely to be fulfilled, it would not be unreasonable to allow that, like Oppenheimer, by virtue of their vocation, and the use to which they were putting it, the Iranian scientists were directly participating in hostilities and therefore had forfeited their non-combatant immunity, at least while working on the bomb. But the United States was not at war with Iran, nor did it have just cause for war with Iran, and at the time they were killed it was not known whether these scientists were actively undertaking the building of a nuclear bomb, nor if they were, whether they or anyone e...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/science-under-the-gun

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