An Excellent Discussion Question for All Halo (or Non-Halo) Fans.
Hello, Guild! Recently I have finished reading Halo: Glasslands, and my brain formulated a couple great discussion questions for those of you who want a good moral debate. Now, Non-Halo fans can chime in and give their two-cents, for I will explain the contents of this question(mostly for them).
A. Was the Spartan-II Program moral?
B. Were the Spartan Program and Doctor Halsey justified after the UNSC's "victory"?
Now for those of you who do not know what the Spartan-II program is, read this:
Doctor Catherine Halsey, chief scientist at the Office of Naval Intelligence, began to research the genetics of hundreds of children, six-year olds, with the means to start a super-soldier program. Halsey selected 75 individuals who met her qualifications, near-perfect genetics, and set out to kidnap the six-year olds from their families. The kids were terrified out of their wits, but Halsey pushed forward with the program, replacing the children with short-lived flash clones. These clones clones died sooner than Halsey had anticipated, many dying slowly over many months. Disregarding her failure, Halsey moved on with the program, putting these children through rigorous training, the likes of which not seen by even the UNSC's most elite soldiers. The children were brainwashed into believing their lives had begun with her; she was the center of their world. At age fourteen, the children were ready for complete augmentation. Ceramic bone implants and augmentations to the children's' nervous systems took a heavy toll on many. Out of the 75, 30 died from the augmentation and 12 more washed out due to serious disabilities and injuries. Yet still Halsey continued the project, using the remaining 33 Spartans to eradicate Insurrectionist forces that were crippling the UNSC. Many Spartans never knew the truth of their pasts until it was too late. By the end of the war, those who learned knew that they were decades too late and that there families may have fallen to the Covenant.
There you have it. Not trying to persuade anyone's opinion with that, just stating what I know to help the discussion. I'll give my two-cents in a bit, I'm still waking up.