Drones are immoral.
WILL some of the top brains from the University of Birmingham consider the moral dilemma posed by unmanned drones (Mail, September
24)? Should any state have a licence to kill suspected terrorists or,
indeed, any other persons perceived to be a threat to national security
by deploying unmanned flying killing machines in foreign lands without
permission and in the total absence of any judicial process? Terrorists
are guilty of indiscriminate slaughter, as only recently witnessed in
Kenya, and need to be eradicated, but there is something grotesque and
profoundly worrying when a foreign state can wipe out human beings
abroad as if they were part of a computer game, sometimes resulting in
the killing of innocent civilians and destroying property.
The United States currently is dominant in this field of weaponry
but China is rapidly catching up and has already developed its own
highly sophisticated equivalent and how long will it be before these
silent bringers of death proliferate? What will then prevent other
nations striking anywhere around the globe and killing anyone they
rightly or wrongly perceive to be a serious threat, when we in the West
have done exactly the same? Far better to get this weaponry the subject
of international agreement, just like chemical weapons, before these
birds of death, rising above the earth and soaring in the skies, cast
their dark shadow over the entire world like the birds in mythology.
Peter Henrick, Nortthfield