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You instinctively will always keep your own life, source of wealth and habitat over someone else’s. People that sacrifice their live to save others are considered heroes and those that blatantly ignore others are treated with extreme prejudice. In your work environment you will find yourself someone between those two extremes.
Here are a few ideas that could help you through the political game:
1) Go with the plan: Your leadership may actually know what they are doing. Given the alternatives this political attack could be the best way forward for all those involved.
2) Passively resist: Publicly commit to meeting the deliverables, but sabotage key deliverables to indirectly show your disgust for this game.
3) Solve the problem: Meet with both sides of the argument individually. Negotiate an acceptable way forward. This approach cannot always be done in the midst of the battle. As soon as you have more than one person with the power to destroy the project, it is your responsible to make sure those in power reach a working agreement to reach an ethical conclusion to the project.