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War as a Video Game

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Top left: "Drones Death and Destruction" Top right: "Molten Flames"

Bottom left: "One More Widow" Bottom right: "Women and Children Are This Land's Greatest Export"

"I think that this is sick. Where you turn war, essentially, into a videogame that can be waged by people half a world away. What this does, these drones, is [that] it sanitizes war. It means that we increase the number of people that don't have to see that war is hell on the ground. And it means that wars are going to be easier in the future because it's not as tough of a sell" -Jeremy Scahill

Predator C Avenger drone ready to rain down death and destruction, by Charlie White

There's a new killing machine that'll soon be on the loose, a jet-powered predator that needs no human passenger to do its lethal deeds. The remote-controlled Predator C Avenger has a 66 foot wingspan, and can fly 20 hours without refueling.

Powered by a Cessna Citation business jet engine, it can cruise at 60,000 feet at more than 400 mph, waiting to unleash its 3000 pounds worth of missiles onto its hapless foes. Just don't point that thing at me, Uncle Sam.

Bill Moyers And Jeremy Scahill Discuss Obama Foreign Policy 2 Of 2 June.05, 2009 - watch part I here: [link] part II here: [link]

BILL MOYERS: Now, many people are like that fellow. They say that these drones are new miracle weapons that enable the United States military to kill the bad guys, as he said, without exposing Americans to danger. There's truth in that, right?

JEREMY SCAHILL: Now, I have a lot of respect for Lara Logan, the CBS correspondent. She's really put her neck on the line and been in the thick of battle, and has been injured in battle. But I think that this piece was propaganda. She allowed the military to make claims about the effectiveness of their weapons that are being contested passionately by the people on the ground in Pakistan itself. I recently did an article about "Time" magazine's coverage of this. They said that the Taliban are using civilians as human shields. And that's why so many civilians have been killed. Their source for that was an Air Force intelligence officer who was allowed to speak on as though it was a Pentagon press release. I think that this is sick. Where you turn war, essentially, into a videogame that can be waged by people half a world away. What this does, these drones, is [that] it sanitizes war. It means that we increase the number of people that don't have to see that war is hell on the ground. And it means that wars are going to be easier in the future because it's not as tough of a sell.
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Mar 5, 2010, 11:43:31 AM
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