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Moral Dilemma in the War Against Terror Political Attitudes and Regular versus Reserve Military Service

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This study focuses on a moral dilemma which characterizes the war against terrorism. The following scenario is presented to participants: A military force sets out on a mission in order to arrest a "most wanted" terrorist. It appears that there are civilians inside the house. Each of the participants (202 regular and 144 reservists all presently serving in infantry combat units) is required to make the following decisions: (a) the amount of force to use: the more force is used, the higher the risk of collateral damage. (b) level of confidence in one's decisions. (c) difficulties in making the decisions. The study examines the association between the above decisions and political attitudes and type of army service. Results indicated according to the study hypothesis: (1) more right wing political attitudes predicted more use of force and lower difficulties. (2) reserve soldiers reported greater use of force and higher levels of confidence.

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Moral dilemma, war against terrorism, political attitudes, reserve and regular service
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Name: ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting
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Kimhi, Shaul. "Moral Dilemma in the War Against Terror Political Attitudes and Regular versus Reserve Military Service" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p653613_index.html>

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Kimhi, S. , 2013-07-04 "Moral Dilemma in the War Against Terror Political Attitudes and Regular versus Reserve Military Service" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p653613_index.html

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Abstract: This study focuses on a moral dilemma which characterizes the war against terrorism. The following scenario is presented to participants: A military force sets out on a mission in order to arrest a "most wanted" terrorist. It appears that there are civilians inside the house. Each of the participants (202 regular and 144 reservists all presently serving in infantry combat units) is required to make the following decisions: (a) the amount of force to use: the more force is used, the higher the risk of collateral damage. (b) level of confidence in one's decisions. (c) difficulties in making the decisions. The study examines the association between the above decisions and political attitudes and type of army service. Results indicated according to the study hypothesis: (1) more right wing political attitudes predicted more use of force and lower difficulties. (2) reserve soldiers reported greater use of force and higher levels of confidence.


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