The Problem With Being a General
Since the days of swords, generals have three problems:
- Convincing soldiers to risk their lives to kill.
- Convincing soldiers to kill people they have no personal grudge against.
- Keeping soldiers in top physical shape ready for battle.
Technology has come to the rescue.
- Spear: gives the soldier a little distance.
- Arrow: gives the soldier quite a bit of distance. He might not even see the person he kills.
- Rifle: gives the soldier even more distance. Can shoot from cover.
- Explosives: kills several a people at once. Soldier does not have to select a particular victim.
- Dropping bombs: great safety. Victims look like ants. No great strength is needed, though you don’t want grossly obese soldiers since they are hard to fit in aircraft and they require extra fuel.
- Drones: complete safety. Illusion of a video game. Allows grossly unfit, physically or mentally disabled or overweight soldiers to participate. Makes it possible to perform assassinations and explicit child murder while denying the consequences.
The military has successfully erased conscience as an inhibiting factor to improper violence. The result is mayhem is spiraling upwards, even in supposed peacetime, without limit. It is only a matter of time until this same violence by drone is directed against one’s own countrymen. It is also only a matter of time until America’s adversaries use low-cost evolutions of the drone in retaliation.
I can just see the egg on the face of the drone unit when their computer is hacked and the lard asses end up killing themselves.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)