By Medea Benjamin
Groundbreaking exposé of the quick shift to robotic struggle, by way of a number one antiwar activist.
Drone Warfare is the 1st complete research of 1 of the quickest growing—and such a lot secretive—fronts in international clash: the increase of robotic war. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of approximately 7,500, and the U.S. Air strength now trains extra drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots mixed. Drones are already a $5 billion enterprise within the US by myself. The human expense? Drone moves have killed greater than 2 hundred kids by myself in Pakistan and Yemen.
CODEPINK and worldwide alternate cofounder Medea Benjamin offers the 1st huge research of who's generating the drones, the place they're getting used, who controls those unmanned planes, and what are the criminal and ethical implications in their use. In vibrant, readable sort, this booklet additionally appears to be like at what activists, legal professionals, and scientists around the globe are doing to flooring those guns. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we're engaging in from the air will get back to hang-out us whilst others begin doing an analogous thing—to us.
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I looked out the window with Omohundro. We were standing across the street from the Mohammadiya Mosque, badly damaged and smoking but still resplendent with its shot-up green dome. A squad of bedraggled marines were circling the mosque, moving around and peering into the windows but not venturing inside. At that moment, an amazing sight appeared, men in clean uniforms, as if transported from another world. Iraqi men, a long row of them, holding their guns with worried looks and stepping toward the mosque: The Iraqi army.
Massoud’s people, they took carpets, the forks, knives, and plates,” he said. “Waving their pistols. Bring me vodka. ” Ahmad walked over to one of the few tables still standing and pointed to a plate. “Now, there is just junk. “I like all the people of the world,” he said, his eyes growing sadder. ” In 1996, after four years of street fighting, and more than forty thousand civilian deaths, Taliban fighters swept into the city. “We had five bars, and they tore all of them out of the walls,” he said.
Massoud’s men would defeat Dostum’s men, set up their rackets and take their revenge. Then Hekmatyar and Sayyaf and Khalili and only the Holy Prophet knew who else. “It was like a long and dark night,” Mohammed Nabi Mohammedi said one night in Kabul. Mohammedi was a Taliban commander who had fought through the civil war. He sat in a red upholstered chair in a small room off the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel. “Afghanistan was divided into fiefdoms,” he said. “Each commander was only accountable to himself.
Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control (Fully revised and updated) by Medea Benjamin