8 reasons against using Drones (and 2 for using Drones)

 Here are 8 reasons to morally oppose President Obama’s Counterterrorism strategy of using drones (remote controlled robots) to target and kill people.

  1. Violates International Law which prohibits targeted assassinations outside of a legally declared war.
  2. Violates other Country’s Sovereignty. Pakistan has asked us nicely to cut it out.
  3. Little transparency or accountability. Attacks are remotely controlled by the CIA in Air Force bases in the United States.
  4. Sets a dangerous precedent. “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword” principle
  5. Perpetuates constant warfare.  No risk of troop loss makes it easier to use violent force to respond to conflict like in episode 23 of Star Trek “A Taste for Armageddon”.
  6. Kills innocents.  Hundreds of innocent people have already died in drone attacks even though they are alleged to be very precise.
  7. Promotes the idea of the global battlefield. A borderless battlefield renders just war meaningless and exit strategies impossible
  8. Creates anger “Al Qaeda’s best recruiting tool”

 

2 reasons to use drones:

  1. Defense against monster aliens – If monster aliens attack the Eastern Rim we will be prepared to fight them with giant robot clones.
  2. Keeps terrorists on their toes and watching their backs instead of preparing new terrorist attacks. 

Notes: the 8 points are from an article from Duane Shanks (p 19 Sojourners July 2013) which I thought were worth memorizing in my own words. The 2 counter points are by me.

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9)

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