|REAL MEN MAKE ART, NOT WAR. Draw-in to Bring Our War $$ Home, Augusta, 2-18-10.|
According to Nick Turse in "The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare" (Truthout):
In 2001, Air Force Predator drones flew 7,500 hours. By the close of last year, that number topped 70,000.And as we all know, the new improved U.S. Military with the continuing gargantuan budget plans to downsize personnel in favor of more -- you guessed it -- robotic warriors. Would it surprise you to know that some of them have already "gone rogue" i.e. escaped from human control?
Apparently a lot of drone accidents happen. More than 70 times in the last decade, drones have crashed or exploded, resulting in $2 million OR MORE in damages EACH TIME.
But no price is too high for the fanatical adherents of the empire, those still true-believing enough to cheerfully send their kids into the meat grinder. From this account on PBS of the friendly fire incident:
“I know whoever was at that joystick is devastated,” said Jerry Smith, the father of [the late] Marine Sgt. Jeremy Smith. ”If I could meet them, I’d hug them and tell them I don’t have any ill feelings toward them.
I know their daddies are just as proud of them as I am of my son.”Wow. Life is growing increasingly cheap in the 21st Century. As the industrialized rule of patriarchy confronts the reality that its continued domination of the planet is regarded by most as being anti-life, it reacts by becoming even more anti-life.
Will the 99% seize control of itself, and its necessary stewardship of the Commons, before it's too late?