I have a sort of philosophical query, regarding the whole Syrian conflict, and, in particular our cannibal allies. Now, some Americans profess a sort of distaste for cannibal allies – even such “imperfect messengers” such as Glen Beck.

But, of course, others of us know who the biggest devils in the Syrian conflict are. As a matter of fact, yours truly has weighed in on this issue, fingering “Ass” in my revelatory diary, Metamars’ secret source, ‘screwball’, reveals that Assad was behind 9-11

HOWEVER, no matter which side of the “who is the bigger Devil, Assad or the Syrian rebels” debate you come down on, I claim that some philosophical clarification is necessary regarding the question of whether A-1 Steak Sauce constitutes NON-lethal aid.

I shall presently weigh in to this ancillary debate, though I invite others to do their own thinking, and give their carefully reasoned arguments, also.

Key Argument
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Well, the key issue to me seems to be: “Was the A-1 Steak Sauce applied to the Syrian army dude’s corpse before or after he was killed?” In my spacetime universe, no matter what inertial frame of reference you may be in, cause always preceeds effect. This is the principle of causality.

In the scenario where the A-1 Steak Sauce is applied AFTER killing the dude, w.r.t. this normative definition of causality, the A-1 Steak Sauce cound NOT have been the cause of death. Therefore, while it may have constituted a culinary aid, it did NOT constitute “Lethal Aid”.

Since it did NOT constitute “Lethal Aid”, if fulfills the definition of “NON-Lethal Aid”.

Counter-Argument
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The counter argument is like so:

Human beings do not behave like deterministic, classical systems. They do not even behave in ‘statistically deterministic’ quantum systems, as their consciousness affords them volition. Even if not completely free will, humans have conditioned free will (i.e., will within constraints, including constraints of internalized memes; e.g., those injected by PR specialists of the ruling elites)

Hence, the following scenario is quite plausible:

You are an American allied cannibal jihadi, fighting the evil “Ass”, and it’s your day off. You’re taking in some rays, kicking a soccer ball, swapping “steak tartare” recipes {wink} {wink} with your fellow cannibal jihadis. You know, just enjoying life.

Then, a shipment of A-1 Steak Sauce arrives, compliments of the Saudi Royal Family, or AIPAC, or even an angry John McCain. (OK, “angry” is redundant.) Suddenly, even though it was time far an espresso break, and even though you’re not ready for you next meal, that A-1 Steak Sauce triggers a chain of A-1 drenched foody memories. A-1 just makes meat taste so much better!

Dinner on this particular day off was supposed to be falafel, but A-1 Steak Sauce and falafel don’t really go together. Before you know it, you’re thinking to yourself, “Gee, it’d be a shame to waste this A-1 Steak Sauce on falafel, but it’s just sreaming out “Eat me! Eat me!”. Dammit, I need some fresh ‘meat’ {wink} {wink}.

So, you pick up your gun, and go off to kill you some fresh Syrian soldier, A-1 Sauce stashed away in your backpack. If you’re a good shot, you are well on your way to a scrumptious, cannibal-friendly mini-feast!

So, in this scenario, A-1 Steak Sauce did not, by itself, convey lethality. However, it did motivate lethality. And since motivating lethal behavior is as morally culpable as the executioner of lethal behavior, the A-1 Steak Sauce does, indeed, constitute lethal aid