Killing from a keyboard: Remote Death

I saw a news article a few weeks ago about soldiers who operate drone flying over Iraq. They operate them from desktops in California. The story was about how killing remotely causes depression in the soldiers.

The military seems to glorify remote death from the sky.
Check out these examples.
Celebrating death.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zg2A9M6QqY

Death from a desktop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4_g7kdF2Qo

A related news story:
http://www.slate.com/id/2197238/

“From a console in the United States, you hunt and kill people in Iraq or Afghanistan. Will the drone pilots of tomorrow—kids who have grown up on PlayStations—feel the mortal gravity of what they’re doing? Have we made killing too easy?”

Who dreams up these death machines?
Can you imagine if China didn’t like some of the things we are doing and sent troops into the US. Then when the Americans try to defend themselves, the Chinese employ such drones? Maybe then people would think how terrible death from the sky is. Kind of reminds me of Sarah Palin endorsing the killing of wolves from helicopters. Oh those right-wingers. Sure know how to kill things.

~ by christianliberal on September 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “Killing from a keyboard: Remote Death”

  1. I think you make a very important point here. It follows an old Star Trek episode where people went into decintigration chambers to die as a casuality of war, all to reduce infrastructure distruction and collateral damage. The upshot of the moral was that making killing easy makes killing easier and war easier. Never a god think. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. […] Christian Liberal Perspective has a post about how remote killing technology is causing depression in those who have to use […]

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