A day late, but no dollars short!
While I’m totally down with the idea of less people getting hurt, I think the way to do this involves one of the “non-violent methods of conflict resolution” that I lightly brushed over. It was either play it lightly or weep for the callous continuing history of violence and child-like machismo that exists on the global scale any time countries dis-agree (read: actually dis-agree OR have valuable resources, conflicting interests, potentially frightening levels of autonomy, etc). I chose the former.
Do I think the US would be as economically, infra-structurally, and militarily powerful as it is without a history of abuses (exploitation of slavery, extermination of a native people and pillage of their land, continued exploitation of the “weak” through un-equal social and economic policies across gender, racial, and ethnic lines)? No.
Does this power make the US’s bullying (in this case through drones, but in diverse pervasive ways through much less direct means) attitude right in my eyes? No.
I don’t expect you to hold my views. The point of a blog is only to have them and hope for a little resulting civil dialogue.
This post covered (however briefly) LOTS of different issues. Sorry about that. My intention was only to speak (through illustration and somewhat briefly) about some of my thoughts on the philosophy behind drone use. I guess I just found, while illustrating and writing, that it’s hard to talk about something like drone use in any narrow sense and still see it as part of the whole picture that needs to remain in focus. The world’s complex, messy, and really needs to be seen that way if it is to be altered for the better.
*insert appropriate remark about road to hell and good intentions (referencing the need to embrace the complexity to see through to reasonable and productive solutions) here*
That’s all for now. I’ll leave you to hash out more thoughts if you wish. In the meantime, I wish you all the best in life, love, and non-violent conflict resolution. Peace be with you!