Ethical Dilemma Of Marines In The Movie: Code Red

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A quick summery, the setting of the movie is based around a murder that was done by two marines, Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson and Pfc. Louden Downey, which they are accused of killing Pfc. William T. Santiago. However, this incident was the result of a direct order by the platoon commander Lieutenant Kendrick who later was commanded by Colonel Nathan Jessep for “code red”. The reason Santiago’s murder was the breaking of chain of command and written a letter asking for a transfer, in exchange for offering information about an illegal fence-line shooting. The two marines are defend by Lt. Daniel Kaffee who first believes that both marines could not defended, but was convinced by Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway and now thinks they could be defend in …show more content…
Code red defines as the discipline of marines within the group, by the other group members, simply means a groupthink. The question that should be asked about the ethical dilemma of the movies is did both of the marines do the right thing following orders? The marines themselves believe in a chain of command, which is reinforced a lot throughout the movie. An example explained by Jessep, is that a marines is to follow orders without questions or people die. That was the marine’s duty, which brings another question, the means of a duty. Are the marines entitled to follow the orders set by their superior officers? To both the marines it was their duty to follow the orders set by their superior and it is also the mean to follow their code. …show more content…
However the question that arise is the punishment moral? Was it right to do? In defense of this case by Colonel Nathan Jessep is that because Santiago was sub average, which implies he was not fit to be a defender of freedom. This statement by Jessep believe that it was justified for Santiago death to save lives because he was simply weak. But what about the two marines what was following orders, was it moral to follow the orders? Both marines were compelled to follow orders without looking into the ethical or moral aspects of their actions and to their defense, Downey stated that they did their job and should not be punished because of it. Justice has valid moral reason, but in some cases it could results in bad judgement. My option on both the justice and moral. On the justice side I would be agree for a punishment that fits the crime that is committed by whoever cause it. But for Santiago case I find the justice was not fair because he saw someone illegally shoot across the fence and would report if he would get transferred to a different location, which seems to be a fair deal. On the moral side, I personally would ask why I would be doing this to another person who has not physically harmed me in any sort of way. It just would not be moral to do

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