Can there ever be any justification for killing?

RTE’s programme about the murder of Louis Mountbatten in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, on August 27,1979,prompted consideration of the justification for killing.

22nd August, 2009

RTE’s programme about the murder of Louis Mountbatten in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, on August 27,1979,prompted consideration of the justification for killing.

Understandably, last Monday’s programme itself did not engage much in the controversy - not that there is much room for argument in the minds of most of us about the killing. In my opinion, all killing is unjustifiable except in instances of clear and immediate self-defence or the clear and immediate defence...

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