Debating Drones: Convenient Killing?

Last week I was on The News Hour debating the question of drone weapons.

Drone technology is spreading rapidly. As many as 50 countries are developing or purchasing these systems, including China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran. Even non-state actors are involved. Hezbollah reportedly has deployed an Iranian-designed drone. Iran is developing a new drone warcraft with a range of more than 600 miles. These systems are used mostly for surveillance, but it is not difficult to equip the aircraft with missiles and bombs.

Recently in Massachusetts, a man was arrested for plotting to place explosives on a drone aircraft and fly it into the Pentagon or the Capitol building. Private contractors are getting into the business as well. We now have companies offering drones-for-hire.

What kind of a future are we creating for our children? We face the prospect of a world in which every nation will have drone warfare capability, in which terror can rain down from the sky at any moment without warning.

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One thought on “Debating Drones: Convenient Killing?

  1. What kind of future? One filled with terror. I should know-Drones patrolled my property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was so scared of a missile strike that I sent my child to live out of state. Additionally, when I feared an imminent Drone attack on my residence, I phoned the FBI. They hung up on me.

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