Spreading the Word on Drones
Emma Irving, 28.11.2012
This article provides basic information on the use of drones, or unmanned ariel vehicles.
Drones (or unmanned Ariel Vehicles), are a growing danger to humanity. The US government has called drones ‘precise’ and ‘high quality’ yet anywhere from 18-45% of those killed are civilians, with just 2% killed considered ‘high level’ targets. With this large amount of murdered civilians, hostility and anger towards the United States will inevitably increase. If only one innocent is killed we should abandon this program. Pakistanis are afraid to meet in large groups, life is filled with stress and anxiety. People are suffering from PTSD and suicide rates are rising.
We can now have wars with no US casualties, meaning little US public outcry against war. Our use of drones breaks our own laws and international laws as well. We are assassinating people without any evidence, without any judge or jury, and with no trial of any kind. We rely on pictures on computer screens hundreds of miles away to determine if the person or persons are guilty or suspicious. There have been reports of the same person being killed in different drone strikes. Is it possible we’ve killed the same man more than once? There is little doubt that would be impossible, just as there is little evidence we kill the men we intend to and little factual basis for our justification in killing people without a trial.
Despite the evidence against the so called ‘high quality’ and ‘precision’ of these strikes, we now train more drone operators than real pilots. But we need to stop killing innocent people and terrorizing them with drones. They should be abolished to protect the lives of innocents in other countries and the lives of US citizens that our government puts in danger with it’s reckless use of drones.
Bio: Emma Irving is a Sociology student at Sonoma State University and is involved with the Sociology Club and the campus subsidiary of Democracy Matters. Currently she is doing sociological investigative research in the Investigative Sociology class and studying social movements in the Sociology of Social Movements and Collective Behavior class, both taught by Professor Peter Phillips.