Doctors Without Borders Has ‘No Moral Responsibility’ for ISIS Victim? Then Who Does?

Doctors Without Borders believes it had no “moral responsibility” to negotiate the release of Islamic State victim Kayla Mueller, even as they secured the release of their own staff members. Like all NGO’s, businesses, and individuals, a humanitarian aid organization does, however, have a moral responsibility to help rescue those imprisoned with their employees, if it can. As the leadership of Doctors Without Borders understood Mueller faced torture, rape, and murder, there is no doubt the organization had a moral responsibility to save Mueller.

Given that Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian organization, this incident raises serious concerns about the commitment and reasoning of those who came to this conclusion, including MSF US executive director Jason Cone. After all, humanitarian organizations exist solely, because their founders and their contributors believe they have a moral responsibility to help those in need. This, of course, brings to mind the critical question: when do non-governmental organizations, businesses, individuals, and governments have a moral responsibility.