|"Why focus on drone attacks?"|
The people who want to perpetuate (and worsen) the state of perpetual war that we have become embroiled in love drones -- maximum killing, maximum terrorizing subject populations, maximum overlordship -- all with a minimum of asking for the consent of the US general public.
"Hey: there are no 'boots on the ground'! Isn't that what you wanted?"
(Out of sight, out of mind . . . . )
It turns out there was just one little problem with their scheme.
Operating drones and other robotic killing machines still requires some human operators. And despite all their hopes to the contrary, the military establishment has discovered that human operators have consciences.
|"Have we forgotten our humanity in the pursuit of vengeance and |
security?" Former Drone Operators Speak Out Against Drone Killings
Two years ago, I attended the CODEPINK Drones Conference in Washington, DC, and saw the ex-drone operator Brandon Bryant speaking out about how killing people with drones is wrong. At the time I thought, "How many more are there like him . . . ?"
Now, three more former drone operators have come forward to blow the whistle on the US drone killing program.
At the end of March, 2016, there will be another major US mobilization against drone warfare. Now I'm wondering, "If there are four, is it possible there are even more? Could there be ten . . . ?"
I encourage everyone to read the stories of the courageous drones whistleblowers, and share this information widely.
It's not just about them; it's not just about drones. It's about whether the people can wrest back control of the killing power of the state from those who think they've found the way to conduct 24/7/326 permawar with no opposition.
(See "Why focus on drone attacks?")
(See Mothers Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Drone Pilots)
(See GOOD KILL: Struggling to Bring the Truth of Drone Killing Out of the Shadows )
Apparently, even though the military is moving as fast as it possibly can toward robotic killing, it still can't get the small number of people it needs to come volunteer and operate the controls.
(See DRONE WARRIORS: Say Hello to the DoD's $125,000 Ostrich Feather)
Today we live in a different world. Without the draft, the people have "checked out." It is like Rome ... the legions do the work of empire and the people are kept happy with bread and circus. (Or Starbucks and "Dancing With the Stars," if you prefer.)
(See Not Your Father's Antiwar Movement )