An article on St Louis Today discusses how unmanned Predator drone aircraft are controlled from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
The part of the article that really got my attention was this:
Some religious leaders and human rights groups question the morality and legality of the weapon. They cite the deaths of innocent civilians and say the use of Predators for targeted killings of "high-value" targets may violate international law.
[Military analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute] called the morality debate "a bogus issue."
Manned aircraft would be far more destructive, cause more collateral damage and be more likely to lead to civilian casualties, he said.
Granted, Thompson is a military analyst and not a member of the military or the administration, but what he said essentially reflects our policy. Difficult to detect, unmanned drones firing Hellfire missiles at suspected Al Qaeda or Taliban--remember there is a difference--leaders have killed many innocent people and somehow the morality of that has become acceptable. Because we are at war. And we have no way of knowing when that war will end. Don't look for the end since killing innocent people tends to make more enemies.
Put the shoe on the other foot and imagine what would happen if another country used the same type of weapon to kill someone they determined was dangerous enough to warrant such an attack and they lived in the United States. I think we would do more than file a protest.
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