Comment 30557

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted April 28, 2009 at 09:09:05

grassroots said: "Of course for many, it is ok to make profits on deaths and suffering of so many."

Death and suffering? I guess we aren't talking about Bombardier anymore, because the only suffering they've caused is from the cramped seating arrangements on their regional jets. I realize LL never said we should boycott Bombardier, but given the comments it just seems that is how some feel, so I'd like to respond. Yes, Bombardier does have military contracts, but these planes are search and rescue craft, transports, patrol craft for drug smugglers and the like, and single engine jets to train pilots. If they were making cruise missiles or cluster bombs like Lockheed or Boeing then I'd agree with you, but boycotting Bombardier is like boycotting an accountant because he does the taxes for a soldier.

grassroots said: "So if a corporation manufactures death and destruction along with consumer producst, we are suppose to ignore tha bad ones because of the goods ones?"

No of course not, but we also can't go the other way and reject current good ones because of the bad done in the past. There are already plenty of examples in this thread of products we all use from companies who at some point made weapons or provided services to the military. You have to look at the balance of what the company has done in the past and what they are doing now to help the present and future and decide with your wallets.

And just for everyone's morning dose of irony, without the military we wouldn't even be having this conversation. It was the US military agency DARPA that originally conceived and created DARPAnet which directly lead to the modern internet.

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