DRONES, VIDEO GAMES, AND LONG DISTANCE KILLINGAugust 17, 2012
By now we're all probably well aware of the recent trends in the USSA to supply state and local law enfarcement with drones, doubtless all part of the effort to keep us safe and secure from the hordes of barbarian terrorists storming our shores and borders (and if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, cheap). Really, this is about keeping the oligarchy safe, pure and simple; it's about Heimatsicherheit.
But what, really, lies behind the move to robotical warfare?
I submit that in a sense, the move is really about the need to anaesthetize the American soldier, in to insulate him or her against the reality of the implications of the policies and technologies being put into place. Consider the following the article at Lew Rockwell's website. I read this, folks, and I had the same nauseating, sickening feeling of disgust and despair that I always feel when reading of the mechanized machinery of death in the Soviet gulags or the Nazi Konzentrationslagern, and, as the article itself points out, I am not the only one drawing such connections:
The grizzly and malevolent beauty of such a technology, in alliance with the context or engineered meme of a "war on terror" is that it allows the powers that be to define the enemy as essentially an invisible enemy, without any real definable borders and thus, potentially present anywhere and everywhere. It is an anonymous enemy, to be dispatched with anonymous weapons hiding in a far-distant control both an invisible person controlling the weapon. Secret trials can assemble like the Venetian Council of Ten lists of enemies of the state, or domestic "criminals" deemed a threat to the oligarchy, secret sentences can be handed down, and secret attacks may now be executed at a convenient distance by people driving to unmarked buildings, stopping first at Starbucks for a latte, and perhaps on the way home from "work", at the grocery store of a gallon of milk or ice cream for the kids.
"When instructed to kill someone he has stalked from the air for a prolonged period, 'I feel no emotional attachment to the enemy,' Brenton insists. 'I have a duty, and I execute my duty.' When the deed is done, he points out, nobody 'in my immediate environment is aware of anything that has occurred.'
And thus we have returned to the same moral position that Nazi leaders were hung for at Nuremberg: I was just following orders of my superiors.
The only difference is, we would like to think we have made it cleaner, perhaps "more moral" because, after all, we are a "democracy," and our soldiers take oaths to uphold a piece of paper that no one else pays any attention to... One wonders, when those soldiers or sheriffs or city police chiefs or RCMP or Scotland Yard officials finally get the order to drop the first drone on the first home in the US or Canada or the UK, what the reaction will be then...
See you on the flip side.