Saturday, January 26, 2013

End Drone Warfare

Paso Peace End Drone Warfare Fox Theater
Photo credit: Hippie Christian Blog
Now that the election is over the conversation about drone warfare can begin.

This week the conversation was taken to the streets as seen in my photo of an abandoned movie theater turned billboard by a local activist artist group.

On PBS NewsHour this week Exploring Technology, Effectiveness, Consequences of Drone Warfare brought up some good questions, also this week their Targeted Killings piece gives a rather in depth explanation of the policies and rational used to justify drone warfare.

The Vancouver Sun ran an Associated Press story this week reporting that a special UN investigation is being launched into U.S. drone attacks and targeted killings. It remains to be seen what will come of the UN investigation, given that the US has veto power at the UN.

In 1858, Baptist minister Charles H. Spurgeon made the observation that the general public is insulated from the realities of war...

"It is astonishing how distance blunts the keen edge of anything that is disagreeable. War is at all times a most fearful scourge. The thought of slain bodies and of murdered men must always harrow up the soul; but because we hear of these things in the distance, there are few Englishmen who can truly enter into their horrors. If we should hear the booming of cannon on the deep which girdles this island; if we should see at our doors the marks of carnage and bloodshed; then should we more thoroughly appreciate what war means. But distance takes away the horror, and we therefore speak of war with too much levity, and even read of it with an interest not sufficiently linked with pain."

How prophetic those words are today with war being waged by remote control drones!

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)


nikto said...

You've got that right.

What's needed is a good counter to the argument:

"But it saves American
soldiers' lives".

I would ask: "When, where? On what battlefield?"

That simple question triggers a discussion our society should be having, IMO.

Hippie Christian said...

Hi Nikto, and no one wants to talk about "collateral damage"