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Judges at Nuremberg in 1945 did not consider "I was just following orders" a legitimate defence. Many of these people knew what they were doing was wrong but did it anyway simply because it was a directive issued from above.

The same applies to Adolf Eichmann's trial in Jerusalem in 1961. The mid level bureaucrats who just follow orders I consider actually more dangerous than the crazed dictators, because there are so many of them and that they have no moral compass- they will literally just do whatever their bosses tell them to do regardless of how unethical or amoral it is.

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