Monday, February 17, 2014

The Banality of Drones

    The ethical disgrace of the drone syndrome is not that Mr Obama – or some US officer near Las Vegas – decides on the basis of satellite pictures, mobile phone calls, numbers dialled and the speed of vehicles, who should live or die. The really shameful aspect is that the drone war has become normal. It has gone on so long – and been the subject of so much protest, so regularly – that it has become banal, boring, matter-of-fact.
So writes Robert Fisk, reminding us that this "started under George W Bush, but most of the attacks, 384 of them since 2008, have been authorised by Mr Obama" — Why is the World Turning a Blind Eye to US Drone Strikes?

The answer to this question is opposing Mr. Obama's drone policy, or any of his policies, is racist, and no one wants to be that.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

I read the article you linked to, and perhaps I'm missing a sub-text somewhere, but it seems that the point is that drone wars have come to be regarded as normal, and that that, and not racism, is why no one opposes them. And I would say it is the drone wars themselves are racist, because the othere reason for no oppositioln to them in the USA is that it isd not "American lives" that are being lost, and the lesser breeds without the law just don't count for the American media and their public.

February 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

You're right. That was my added comment. One of the reasons Mr. Obama was selected as president is that his skin color would quiet progressive opposition.

February 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM  

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