The subject of Willow and Warren has raised its hideously-ugly head again, and I'm curious to canvass the opinions of my flist about the ethics involved. This is posed as a hypothetical question, so you don't need to know or care anything about Buffy Season 8 at all. I've put the poll behind a cut since it contains language which some people may find disturbing or triggering.
Let's say I decide to horribly torture somebody. I subject him to all sorts of physical and mental torments, slice off various useful or ornamental body parts, and as my final act pull out a gun, shoot him through the head and throw his body in the river.
But! The river flows past a hospital, and some paramedics pull out the body. Here they discover that by a fluke million-to-one chance my bullet glanced off my victim's skull rather than blowing out his brains. He's not breathing, but the paramedics administer CPR then rush him into intensive care. Round-the-clock surgery by a team of crack doctors (one of whom may be a Vicodin addict) manages to save his life. He's still horrifically disfigured and crippled by my torture, and will never be able to lead a normal life - but he's not dead.
So, my question is: how do the doctors' actions affect my own ethical and moral responsibility for what I did?
How do the doctors' actions affect my own ethical and moral responsibility for what I did?