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A new era of terror: drones


The Pentagon has embarked on a new era of terror with its high-tech robots like the Predator and Reaper, not only for surveillance, but to blow-up and kill people in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The CIA uses the Reaper to assassinate nameless “bad guys” in Pakistan. In Yemen the Reaper perpetrates extrajudicial executions.

Technicians wielding joysticks, thousands of miles from combat, pilot these unmanned drones to deliver their Hellfire missiles and 500-pound bombs. And with scant knowledge of their non-combatant victims and no personal physical risk.

The Reaper’s civilian casualties in Afghanistan/Pakistan/Yemen appear to fail to matter but to a few. Few people ask: Why are we there? Who benefits? What’s our complicity? What’s become of our humanity? What’s the human cost? What are the likely repercussions? Yet, it is security threats (real and fabricated) that keep the pot boiling so that the likes of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and other corporate war profiteers continue to reap their billions.

Like nuclear proliferation, drone proliferation will haunt us till the end of our days. Another Genie is out of the bottle.


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