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Drone protest

Religious leaders protest the use of drones. CNN reports:

A group of rabbis, reverends and priests has a message for President Barack Obama: stop the drone war. In a video produced by the Brave New Foundation, a group that uses video and social media to protest against drones, Jewish and Christian leaders describe the practice as “assassination by remote control,” which violates religious principles.

“From a New Testament point of view, drones are completely appalling,” the Rev. Paul F. M. Zahl, the retired Episcopal rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, told CNN. “The whole idea of killing a guy without giving the guy a chance to surrender is preemptive. That for me was completely contrary to the teachings of Christ.”

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Gary Paul Gilbert

Drones make it easier to bomb because there are no pilots to worry about. They sanitize the conflict for American citizens, who don't see the blood of the people who are killed. Presidents and other Washington politicians can support war without having to worry about civilians here turning against their violent policies if the public doesn't see the death and destruction. The companies who make the high-tech weapons make a big profit too and can reward loyal members of Congress.

The violence will fuel new conflicts and give birth to new terrorists, thus "justifying" the wars continuing.

Eventually, American civilians will have to face drones at home.

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Tom Sramek Jr

My question is: Why are drones worse than a piloted air strike?

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