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May 24, 2013

Crikey says: a discussion, at least, on drones

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US President Barack Obama’s overnight announcement that he would be placing some additional restrictions on drone strikes and scale back the CIA’s use of drones to kill targets is welcome. But his claim that this practice is “necessary, legal and just” demonstrates a continued unwillingness to face the reality of drone strikes.

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  1. John Hamer

    And of course the terrorists play by the rules don’t they. Though the family of the British soldier slain in Woolwich might diasagree. So they don’t have pinpoint accuracy, but drones are a necessary part of the war on terrorism.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    I agree with this anonymous editorialist.

    Of course ‘terrorists’ don’t abide by the rule of law: that is part of being called a ‘terrorist’. But a higher standard should be met by nations, especially those with pretensions of being civilised, let alone democracies and beacons of freedom, etc.

  3. mikeb

    Gosh this is difficult. The American admin doesn’t want to kill innocents but on the other hand the terrorists don’t care about collateral damage and don’t fight clean. What are the sentiments of the common people on the ground? Do they support the terrorists and so allow them in their midst, or do they hate them but have no choice? I suspect it’s somewhere in between.

  4. Bill Hilliger

    Eventually the other side will get hold of drones, what then? At least our side claims they only kill people in a responsible manner. In the future, will the other side do likewise.

  5. klewso

    The “terrorist” depends on which side you’re on – sometimes which corrupt, tyrannical government is being propped up, by whom – you can imagine one of those posters with a drone pointed at the viewer, “Uncle Al Qaeda Needs You!”?

  6. AR

    The history of 20thC ‘terrorists’ becoming esteemed statesmen is too old a joke to need repeating. Just for laffs, recall Raygun’s reference to the wholly owned US subsidiary, the Contras (Nicaragua for young’uns – Central America, 1980s…)as “the moral equivalent of our Founding fathers!“. OK, he was already in the grip of senile dementia but so, ‘twould seem, was 90% of the US political Establishment.

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