A lot of the disconnect on the topic between you and the rest of the world IMO has to do with what appears to be a firm black/white and extremely conservative stance on the subject by you. You seem to make your decisions based more on history than the present situation and allow no room for the gray areas and the possibility that the current situation could be the exception rather than the rule.
Abandoned buildings, which is theme of this thread in my area, and many other areas in this country is an example.
There is NO need in my areas to enter abandoned buildings to seacrgh for occupants. There is no need to enter and perform offensive operations as exposures are rarely an issue. I contend that not performing these actions is still doing the job as we have responded and determined that the risk v. benefit says that it is perfectly OK not to enter. You, and many of the other posters disagree.
I see no issues with not engaging in operations with minimal benefit and yes, we are still "doing the job".