World War II

Imagine a World War II scenario in which German soldiers strap innocent people to the front of their tanks to dissuade Allied troops from firing on the vehicles. If the Allies hold their fire, their positions will be overrun, and hundreds of their troops will be killed. The Allied commander gives the order for his troops to shoot at the tanks, knowing that the civilians will perish. Should the Allies have killed these innocents? Explain how natural law theory could be applied in the following scenario to determine the proper course of action.

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