posted on Apr, 12 2013 @ 11:26 AM
My big issue with drone warfare is it makes it too damn easy and is outright cowardly.
In the olden days, there was some honor in the military profession as the soldiers were expected to put their lives on the line in service to their
country and in defense of their brothers in arms. Most soldiers justified what they did because they were put in a position of kill or be killed. To
most people, killing does not come naturally and it is only when one is forced to defend their own life and the lives of their brothers in arms were
they able to overcome their natural aversion and do what needed to be done to survive. Unfortunately, the guys on the other side were in the exact
same position, being forced to kill their opponents on the orders of their political leaders.
Back then, the political leaders had to weigh the cost of sending the nations sons and daughters into harms way against any potential gains that could
come from bringing their nation to war. With people's lives in the balance, you could be sure that war would be used as only the last option, after
all political options had been used up and the country was left with no other choice.
Today, we can go to war without having to put our sons and daughters at risk on the battlefield and can send our drones into countries who we are not
even at war with to kill our supposed enemies. The drones are operated from the other side
of the world
and sent in to kill people who the drone operator will never encounter face to face. The closest any US forces come to engaging the
enemy is the people who launch the drones and they usually operate from the safety of a Navy ship or a secured base in a neighboring, friendly
country. This all makes it far too easy to engage all manner of "enemies" all over the globe over the slightest of offenses and with little or no
provocation. The politicians only need to figure the cost of the fuel to fly the drones and the cost of the armaments to be used in the killings.
The drone operators sit in a comfortable control room in the suburbs in America, controlling the drones like some type of video game and feel no more
remorse for the human lives lost on the other side of the world than they would for the zombies they blast away on their home gaming console. They are
never put at risk and never have to come face to face with the consequences of their actions. For all of this, they are now eligible to receive medals
of valor for their cold-blooded killings.
Now we find out that our troops are getting their kill orders from foreign intelligence agencies, just as likely to target political opponents as they
are to use them in the fight against "terrorism".
This whole thing makes me sick. Drone killing takes all of the risk and the honor out of warfare and makes it far to easy for our politicians to
spread our reign of terror wherever they see fit.