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Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?


#1

Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?

Pratap Chatterjee

The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.


#2

Indirectly, this excellent report proves the metaphysical fact that all beings ARE connected. It's a good thing that drone pilots are experiencing high levels of PTSD; that even after their chaplains have lectured them using the LIE that it's "god's will" that they drop deadly ordnance on people--sans judge, trial, jury, or evidence--that their own consciences know better. Maybe one day the whole obscenity of WAR will be likewise placed aside. Such an epiphany could not come too soon.

Thank you for the informative article, Mr. Chatterjee.


#3

I'm not the best person to comment on military culture, but from a distance I get the impression that in the military world they play out themes such as "honor" and "courage" and the like, perhaps attracting people who are disproportionately seduced by these concepts, and then reinforcing them over the years of military training. And then...you are expected to be ok spending 12 hours a day killing people in cold blood, many of whom you suspect are probably innocent. What's surprising to me is that the people running this operation are surprised at their abysmal retention rates.

Here's a modest proposal: recruit massively to staff your drone control stations, endure the high turnaround that will follow--after all, most humans are basically decent and are not ok with killing--then identify the relatively few who don't mind killing the innocent in order to please their superiors, and you've found the perfect stock from which to recruit future politicians, who from that point will require some additional grooming (smiling, shaking handS, sounding and looking "presidential", etc), and voila!


#4

Ender's Game ?


#5

Could it also be because drone operators themselves figured out that they are being turned into mass murderers and serial killers by war profiteers?


#6

Listen To The Sound

By James Rogers Bush

Listen to the sound
Of that plane or drone
Overhead

Imagine
That you
And your family
Are at home
In Pakistan or Palestine
Or Afghanistan or Iraq

Listen to the sound
Of that plane or drone
Overhead

Imagine
That in a moment
The pilot
Way up there
Or the controller
Someplace else
Will push a button

Listen to the sound
Of that plane or drone
Overhead

Imagine
The terror
When the walls
Of your home
Cave in

Listen to the sound
Of that plane or drone
Overhead

Imagine
The screams
Of your children
As the walls
Of their lungs
Cave in

Listen to the sound
Of that plane or drone
Overhead

Imagine
The despair
And grief
When the walls
Of your heart
Cave in

Listen to the sound
Of that plane or drone
Overhead

Imagine
The rage
You would feel
Toward the pilot
Or the controller
And the country
They represent

Listen to the sound


#7

"Gods Will"?. Does that come directly from the Christ? Is that another name for "Jihad"?. It says everything about the chaplains and much about Christianity.


#8

Roger Waters Papa Bush Iraq

"Bravery from Beyond Range"

The war has started on the ground
Just love those laser guided bombs
They're really great
For righting wrongs
You hit the target
And win the game
From bars 3,000 miles away
3,000 miles away
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range
We zap and maim
With the bravery of being out of range
We strafe the train
With the bravery of being out of range
We gained terrain
With the bravery of being out of range
With the bravery of being out of range
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range