Another case of amateur philosophy in the news -- one so egregious, it has roused me from my summer-induced slumbers. As reported by the NY Times, George Bush issued a veto of a bill calling for federal support of embryonic stem cell research with the words, "Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical."
That's odd. I thought it was the law of the land in much of this country -- and law that George Bush himself embraces -- that homicide is justified if committed to defend the lives of others or of oneself. (In fact, a law signed by Bush's own brother in Florida removes the duty to retreat, allowing people simply to gun others down if perceived to be a threat.)
Indeed, Bush would also certainly consider homicide justifiable if committed to prevent against other serious crimes ... like rape, armed robbery, or, say, making a big deal out of one's intent to produce weapons of mass destruction.
Heck, Bush even supports the death penalty! Unless he believes in backwards causation, that's not even a case of destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life.