Originally posted by UltraMarine
Attack against innocent women and children is very distubing . America is making a big mistake by terrorrizing people with these drones. These attacks
are doing nothing but inciting more hatred . The story that is being told in the US says it is all about targeting top-level terrorist leaders and is
not killing the civilians but the reality is total opposite to this . Time has come for US to stop these senseless drone attacks . What do you say ?
Nobody is right if everybody is wrong. It is not an either or question.
Yes...Drones target what the US believes
are high level terrorist operatives....and they have had great success doing that.
Yes...those operatives are not always standing alone in hte middle of the desert waiting for justice from above.
Innocents are killed and any effort, no matter how thorough, will have errors where innocents are mistakenly targeted.
Yes...the US government will do it's best to deny this happens, to obfuscate the numbers etc. They will do this under the heading of "National
Security" as it alievates some of the moral pain associated with knowing innocent folks die.
Yes...Drone strikes kill significantly less
innocent civilians than bombs and full on ground invasions. That is why they are used so often.
The moral question is....If you have a man in the sights of a drone, whom all the intelligence you have gathered shows he has coordinated bombing of
churches and public squares...and who continues to fund, plan, coordinate the deaths of many, many innocents. Where the intelligence shows that
killing him would likely save lives of innocents...and he is standing beside his wife and child...do you let him dissapear back into the crowds or
forrests? Or do you fire execute the drone strike?
There is the argument of the greater good...more lives are saved...by accepting that a few innocent lives will be lost along with the killing of a man
that has and will continue to kill 100's if not thousands of innocents?
There is the argument that killing one innocent live to potentially save a hundred or thousand innocent lives is not our place. That it is becoming
the very beast we are battling.
It is the travel back in time and kill Hitler argument...but killing Hitler surrounded by a dozen innocent folks?
I am honestly still undecided...but I do know that the US government doesn't take those strikes lightly, and they certainly don't intentionally
strike civilians unless a high-profile target is believed to be present. They do fudge and outright deny the number of civilians killed...and the
number of civilians killed is much less than other "older" methods of striking these targets.
Difficult decisions that I am grateful that I am not the one "pulling the trigger" on those drones. BTW - I do know personally someone who has
operated drones, coordinated strikes etc. Back from the war and finding their way. Our vets need our support.