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On War, Robot War, Drone War, Electronic War… Stop injustices, Respect human dignity…

It is not possible for a sane person to sincerely promote the killing of another person.

Ask anyone in the front line how he felt before he shot on an “adversary” and how he felt after the “enemy” fell.

Anyone sane is not able to forget “that he did kill someone else”.

The memory is there for the remainder of his life, and life is rotten and very unpleasant.

People like to claim “self-defense” excuse, any kinds of self-defense, thinking that the neighbor will be understanding and forgiving.

What the neighbor can do to you if your soul and mind are unable to erase the fact of having ended the life someone else?

Recently, the Chinese had more than two dozen models in some stage of development on display at the Zhuhai Air Show, some of  which they are evidently eager to sell to other countries.

There was a time in our history when bow and arrows were not yet put to use, not even for shooting down animal to eat. Battles were short and not many died in the field.

People life expectancy was very short, and those fighting were plagued with all kinds of diseases: They needed to rest after a short engagement, and maybe they sat to shoot the breeze, faking that they will get up again to resume the fight. Not a chance.

Killing from a long range is the skill of the coward and the totally useless soldier: Too much shouting for nothing.

If you really need to claim self-defense, engage in close body fight: A few wounds will go a long way into avoiding the promotion of war.

On July 2011, Barbara Ehrenreich published this piece. It is reposted on TomDispatch.

Last week, William Wan and Peter Finn of the Washington Post reported that at least 50 countries have now purchased or developed pilotless military drones.

So three cheers for a thoroughly drone-ified world.

In my lifetime, I’ve repeatedly seen advanced weapons systems or mind-boggling technologies of war hailed as  near-Utopian paths to victory and future peace (just as the atomic bomb  was soon after my birth).

Include in that the Vietnam-era, “electronic  battlefield,” President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative  (aka “Star Wars”), the “smart bombs” and smart missiles of the first  Gulf War, and in the twenty-first century, “netcentric warfare,” that Rumsfeld high-tech favorite.

You know the results of this sort of magical thinking about wonder weapons (or technologies) just as well as I do.

The atomic bomb led to an almost half-century-long nuclear superpower standoff/nightmare, to  nuclear proliferation, and so to the possibility that someday even terrorists might possess such weapons.

The electronic battlefield was incapable of staving off defeat in Vietnam.

Reagan’s “impermeable” anti-missile shield in space never came even faintly close to making it into the heavens. (And the currently deployed steel domes are no better)

Those “smart bombs” of the Gulf War proved remarkably dumb, while the 50 “decapitation” strikes the Bush administration launched against Saddam Hussein’s regime on the  first day of the 2003 invasion of Iraq took out not a single Iraqi  leader, but dozens of civilians.

And the history of the netcentric military in Iraq is well known. Its “success” sent Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld into retirement and ignominy.

In the same way, robot drones as assassination weapons will prove to be just another weapons system rather than a panacea for American  warriors.

None of these much-advertised wonder technologies ever turns  out to perform as promised, but that fact never stops them, as with  drones today, from embedding themselves in our world.

From the atomic  bomb came a whole nuclear landscape that included the Strategic Air  Command, weapons labs, production plants, missile silos, corporate  interests, and an enormous world-destroying arsenal (as well as  proliferating versions of the same, large and small, across the planet).

Nor did the electronic battlefield go away.

Quite the opposite — it  came home and entered our everyday world in the form of sensors,  cameras, surveillance equipment, and the like, now implanted from our borders to our cities.

Rarely do wonder weapons or wonder technologies disappoint enough to disappear.

And those latest wonders, missile- and bomb-armed drones,  are now multiplying like so many electronic rabbits.

And yet there is  always hope. (Like what practical decisions and how to generate such hope?)





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