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-*'''"Pilotless aircraft can hit targets without placing a pilot in harm's way."''' [The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]+*'''"Pilotless aircraft can hit targets without placing a pilot in harm's way."''' [http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15814399&CFID=122754729&CFTOKEN=98634634 The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]
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-*'''Killing civilians.''' Attacks on civilian sites (if they had not been so commandeered) "may constitute war crimes. (...) On June 23rd 2009, for example, an attack on a funeral in South Waziristan killed 80 non-combatants." [The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]+*'''Killing civilians.''' Attacks on civilian sites (if they had not been so commandeered) "may constitute war crimes. (...) On June 23rd 2009, for example, an attack on a funeral in South Waziristan killed 80 non-combatants." [http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15814399&CFID=122754729&CFTOKEN=98634634 The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]
-*'''Drone operations resemble warfare video games.''' "... the operators of drones, often on the other side of the world, are far removed from the sight, sound and smell of the battlefield. They may make decisions to attack that a commander on the ground might not, treating warfare as a video game." [The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]+*'''Drone operations resemble warfare video games.''' "... the operators of drones, often on the other side of the world, are far removed from the sight, sound and smell of the battlefield. They may make decisions to attack that a commander on the ground might not, treating warfare as a video game." [http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15814399&CFID=122754729&CFTOKEN=98634634 The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]
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-*'''They are useful for assassinations.''' "On February 17th [2010], for example, Sheikh Mansoor, an al-Qaeda leader in the Pakistani district of North Waziristan, was killed by a drone-borne Hellfire." [The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]+*'''They are useful for assassinations.''' "On February 17th [2010], for example, Sheikh Mansoor, an al-Qaeda leader in the Pakistani district of North Waziristan, was killed by a drone-borne Hellfire." [http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15814399&CFID=122754729&CFTOKEN=98634634 Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]
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-*'''They are counterproductive.''' Errors, such as accidental bombing of civilian sites, "are not only tragic, but also counterproductive. Sympathetic local politicians will be embarrassed and previously neutral non-combatants may take the enemy's side." [The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]+*'''They are counterproductive.''' Errors, such as accidental bombing of civilian sites, "are not only tragic, but also counterproductive. Sympathetic local politicians will be embarrassed and previously neutral non-combatants may take the enemy's side." [http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15814399&CFID=122754729&CFTOKEN=98634634 The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010]

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What are the pros and cons of drone operations?

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Background and Context of Debate:

Ethics: Can pilotless airplanes be morally justified?

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Con

  • Killing civilians. Attacks on civilian sites (if they had not been so commandeered) "may constitute war crimes. (...) On June 23rd 2009, for example, an attack on a funeral in South Waziristan killed 80 non-combatants." The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010
  • Drone operations resemble warfare video games. "... the operators of drones, often on the other side of the world, are far removed from the sight, sound and smell of the battlefield. They may make decisions to attack that a commander on the ground might not, treating warfare as a video game." The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010

Efficiency: Are drone operations crucial for military success?

Pro

  • They are useful for assassinations. "On February 17th [2010], for example, Sheikh Mansoor, an al-Qaeda leader in the Pakistani district of North Waziristan, was killed by a drone-borne Hellfire." Economist, "Droning on", April 2010


Con

  • They are counterproductive. Errors, such as accidental bombing of civilian sites, "are not only tragic, but also counterproductive. Sympathetic local politicians will be embarrassed and previously neutral non-combatants may take the enemy's side." The Economist, "Droning on", April 2010


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