Drone race will ultimately lead to a sanitised factory of slaughterSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:58
Drone race will ultimately lead to a sanitised factory of slaughter
The rise in use of drone attacks and the technology that goes with them is the final step in the industrial revolution of war
guardian.co.uk, Friday 3 August 2012 10.27 EDT
The CIA has killed more than 200 children in drone strikes outside of legitimate war zones since 2004, it is alleged. In Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia an estimated total of between 451 and 1,035 civilians were killed in at least 373 strikes according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the most accurate source of "kill statistics".
Who in their right mind would give a powerful unmanned air force to a covert organisation with such a track record for unaccountable and illegal killing? The number of strikes in Pakistan has dramatically increased from 52 under George W Bush during his five years of conflict to 282 during Obama's three and a half-year watch. Obama is establishing a dangerous precedent that is, at best, legally questionable in a world where more than 50 countries are acquiring the technology.