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  1. Matt, another
    Matt, another July 16, 2012 8:10 am

    To me, drones are morally neutral because they are machines. Imbuing them with morality, or immorality seems to smack of paganism. Drones are no more immoral than a rifle, it is the user that has to account for the moral aspect. Drones are not more or less accurate than manned platforms. The same sensors that make drones accurate can be used to make manned aircraft more accurate and are often the same systems. The advantage to drones is they take the pilot out of the loop. Pilots are expensive and have moral (sometimes) and physical limitations. Drones advantage lies in the smaller sizes and much longer loiter time due to the lack of a human pilot. If a drone is shot down, there is no pilot left to exploit or run for president.

    Using drones to kill civilians is nor more or less moral than using artillery or seal teams to kill civilians. It does shorten the decision chain and when the decision to kill is made thousands of miles away in sterile environment by beauracrats that will never experience the death and destruction they cause, you don’t have to worry about shooters on the ground having a last attack of morality and calling off a strike.

  2. EN
    EN July 16, 2012 12:10 pm

    Watched Serenity yesterday (when I should have been working). At one point I got a shiver down my spine when thinking about the nature of the Alliance “Operative”. They perfectly captured the mood of our present rulers.

    The Operative: This is a good death. There’s no shame in this. In a man’s death, a man who has done fine works.

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: I don’t murder children.

    The Operative: I do. If I have to.

    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Why? Do you even know why they sent you?

    The Operative: It’s not my place to ask. I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.

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