Today's episode's ethical dilemma (happens every episode, that's what this job, and the job of every president and prime ministers is about), involves a fictitious African country in which the ruling junta government is about to commit mass genocide against a particular (fictitious) ethnic minority known as the 'Beko' (there are thousands of different African ethnic races, even if outsiders callously lump them all as 'Africans' based on their skin color).
A Beko African Christian Priest (who was once the teacher of Madam Secretary's husband decades ago) uses her husband as an unofficial channel to seek help from Madam Secretary, who informs the President of the matter, who declines to intervene militarily (always costly in more ways than one) in that country's internal affairs, as the US has little vital interests or assets in that country.
Her ethical dilemma then, is to risk her career (as Secretary of State) and go above the President's head (ie. without his consent) to make an impassioned plea to the United Nations, to take action save the 50,000 Beko Africans who are about to be murdered.
This works to convince not only some of the other countries in the UN (specifically France, as well as the the African Union a coalition of African countries machiam ASEAN but for Africa, to take military action and send their troops into the country), but even the US President himself (who is now willing to backup the operation with logistical support, but no ground troops).
But this is only midway through the episode, so of course this isn't the end of the story, and some cockup is gonna manifest promptly. Which turns out to be : the Beko African Christian Priest is revealed to be a drug smuggler, using his Beko refugees to cross borders to smuggle drugs to Europe. This revelation causes the French government to angrily pull out of the rescue operation.
Madam Secretary's husband angrily confronts the Priest, who defends himself, saying making such smuggling deals with the Drug Lords (who own their own private militaries and control the land routes which the refugees must take), is the only way to save his Beko people, allowing them to safely pass through the Drug Lords' territories.
Madam Secretary's husband says, "What about the millions of drug abusers around the world who will die from the drug trade?". The Priest says, "They willingly choose to take drugs, but my Beko people have no choice in their genocide."
In other words, the lesser of two evils, this is the only way to save his people, so even if it's immoral / unethical in some other way, but as far as saving lives, which is the highest moral / ethical priority and importance, and the Priest's holy duty, then all things considered, this is still the correct moral / ethical thing to do, the lesser of 2 evils, cutting deals with the Drug Lords to save lives.
But that's not all, things take a desperate turn when the CIA informs them the genocidal junta government has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Drug Lords, to use their private militaries to block the African Union troops sent in to protect the Beko people. Madam Secretary instructs the CIA to attempt to bribe the Drug Lords to release the blockade, but the CIA operative's "dead body just turned up on YouTube" (ie. killed by either the Drug Lords or the Junta Govt).
Madam Secretary and her husband discuss this desperate situation, and her husband reluctantly re-contacts the Priest (they earlier both parted on angry non-speaking terms), telling the Priest the US Govt will unofficially pay millions of dollars to the Drug Lords (and again, there you go, another example of the lesser of 2 evils moral / ethical dilemma, generously funding the evil Drug Cartel bad guys to help you against eviler and badder Genocidal Junta Government guys) through the Priest, to bribe the Drug Lords to release the blockade, to save the 50,000 Beko African people from mass genocide.
And it works (ie. money works, as always). The 50,000 Beko African people are saved, moved to tears and grateful to be alive, rescued from their extreme near-deaths.
While this was a fictitious episodal story, but such TV dramas (Madam Secretary is an excellent series, even Dr House featured such an episode involving ethical dilemma over whether to intervene in an upcoming mass genocide in Africa, and the Darth Vader actor was the genocidal president in this episode, and while Dr Cameron was the vocal one speaking out against the genocide and Dr Chase didn't initially want to get involved, in the end she didn't have the guts to assassinate Darth Vader, and it was Dr Chase who, upon realizing the mass genocide was really gonna happen, assassinated Darth Vader, and the KNN coconaden thing is, when Dr Cameron found out Dr Chase carried out the assassination / murder, she couldn't accept it and immediately divorced poor Dr Chase who fell into depression (from both the assassination and the divorce), even though he carried out the assassination / murder for the greater moral / ethical good to save hundreds of thousands of innocent lives, great episode from Dr House) and movies like these, are based on real-life historical accounts of mass genocides and the behind-the-curtains work of courageous people across agencies and countries that the public will never know of.
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