I was having an argument with someone VIA a news-websites comment section, which the question "On Iran: How far is too far" was asked, meaning the recent assassination of one of their nuclear scientists.
He argued that preemptive violence in order to save many lives, is moral --- I know, This is a philosophical question without a 'true' answer, but I decided to meditate on the question, anyway.
Nah, not to save lives, they can say whatever they want. The truth is their motivation got more to do with fear and distrust and to a certain extent, racism hatred.......saving lives sounds much nicer, however, hence its good for publicity especially in a democratic society and inform tech world where winning hearts and votes is important
I ask these question in the context of Buddhism, what is the official view.. what do you think?
Great article on Buddhism and politics, go read it:http://www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/229.htm
In the Jataka, the Buddha had given to rules for Good Government, known as 'Dasa Raja Dharma'. These ten rules can be applied even today by any government which wishes to rule the country peacefully. The rules are as follows:
1) be liberal and avoid selfishness,
2) maintain a high moral character,
3) be prepared to sacrifice one's own pleasure for the well-being of the subjects,
4) be honest and maintain absolute integrity,
5) be kind and gentle,
6) lead a simple life for the subjects to emulate,
7) be free from hatred of any kind,
8) exercise non-violence,
9) practise patience, and
10) respect public opinion to promote peace and harmony.
Regarding the behavior of rulers, He further advised:
- A good ruler should act impartially and should not be biased and discriminate between one particular group of subjects against another.
- A good ruler should not harbor any form of hatred against any of his subjects.
- A good ruler should show no fear whatsoever in the enforcement of the law, if it is justifiable.
- A good ruler must possess a clear understanding of the law to be enforced. It should not be enforced just because the ruler has the authority to enforce the law. It must be done in a reasonable manner and with common sense. -- (Cakkavatti Sihananda Sutta)
Frankly speaking though, unless you are politician or leader of a nation, these "world events" questions hardly matter to us (national issues alone are troublesome enough). If it happens that we get drawn into them and then the most likely thing may happen is that we develop aversion and depression. To avoid this, we are told to concentrate mainly on our daily life, people around us and our practices.