In history, every invasion into a country will lead to huge casualties to civilians, no matter how "civilized" the invaders are.
In modern standards of liberal democracy, is it legitimate/constitutional for a democratic government to order its citizens to fight in a war of little hope at the risk of their lives? Or, is early surrender (as long as the government realizes they can't win) necessarily more acceptable than fight under modern standards?
I understand that even after central government's surrender, some civil military forces might still keep fighting and casualties might still increase. I also understand patriotism is glorified in many cultures and it's an honor to die for your nation, but that is probably the choice of individuals. My question is about the appropriate choice of a modern, democratic government based on the contemporary political ethics.
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