Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The UAV War - Is Terminator Coming to Life

In an essay titled Tomgram: Filling the Skies with Assassins, Tom Engelhardt alerts us to the possibility that the US may be leading the world in an unmanned aerial vehicle arms race that is expensive now, and might come back to bite us later if military-style UAVs are used for domestic survailance, or if an adversary develops UAV technology and starts flying drones over the United States.

I'm not sure what should be done about the problem from a policy perspective, other than keep reminding ourselves even though we as a society control a weapons system that allows our people to kill wihtout getting their fingernails dirty, we still have the moral imparative to make sure that we are fighitng a "just war".

Picture credit MQ-9 "Reaper" via US Air Force via Wikipedia.org

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