Friday, February 8, 2013

Are Drone Aircraft Humane in War?

Senator King of Maine (no relation) makes a good point: In war, using unmanned "drone" aircraft to bombard enemies is indeed more humane than putting human beings on bomber planes.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/08/maine-senator-at-least-drones-are-a-more-humane-way-of-waging-war/

But two completely different issues seem to be under discussion in online discussions of "drones." Are these things being used to bombard strategic sites in enemy countries during a declared war, or are they being used for random surveillance and harassment of mostly law-abiding U.S. citizens, here in the U.S., in times of peace?

I think the comments below Becket Adams' article reflect this confusion, and I hope it's only confusion on the part of online readers who haven't been watching C-SPAN and aren't sure which use of drones is being debated. I hope our Congress at least are clearly delineating a difference between what you can do, in war, to people whose avowed goal is to destroy your supplies and/or kill you, and what you can do to your neighbor every day.