Which Two Things Are Not Like The Other?
September 5, 2013 10:58 PM Subscribe
I have a serious question about how war will be fought in this future age. Please explain how technology effects the business of military conflict. I'm very very interested if any news outlets or American Politicians are discussing this perspective currently. Details inside.
posted by jbenben to law & government (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In short, my understanding on the global ban against chemical weapons is that chemicals kill indiscriminately, and back when agreements were made, troops against troops fighting with conventional weapons were deemed more fair.
Remote controlled drones seem unfair in terms of this universal agreement, at least in spirit, since no human operator of these drones is put in physical jeopardy in any way.
Is there any discussion going on anywhere about how remote controlled drones present an unfair balance of military power + margin for error similar to chemical weapons?
I'm sure countries without drones would not dare voice officially oppose the use of drones, since that would make them a target.
I am keen to know if there are questions about the morality of using weaponized drones within the countries that have them.