Remember the halcyon days "after America won the War" and America had a monopoly on The Bomb? No? You don't? We lived in fear that Russia would develop The Bomb. It did, and then we lived in terror that it would use it.
Now we live in halcyon days when we have a near monopoly on drones, and we use them freely on countries with whom we are not at War.
[This is the boy; this is what a Hellfire missal left of him, his 19-year-old cousin, and four of their young friends . . .
. . . except for a scrap of flesh, used for the burial. The waste still burns and festers in me, made worse because done by my country, and therefore in my name. Imaging what the burning death does to Yemen grandparents, you who can imagine such things.]
We use drones when it would be possible to use police tactics without the attendant civilian death and injury, as the US did when it killed Osama ben Laden. We use drones when we know millions hate us for using them, because of the dead and wounded relatives and friends.
What a precedent we set! What a world is a-borning!
Soon enough all countries worthy of the name will have silent, undetectable drones. For that great day, I've got a lovely bunch of drones, sweet as coconuts:
-- There they are a-standin on a row (Bom bom)
Big ones small ones some as big as your head . . . .
Try to imagine the day when Uruguay is displeased with a decision Hawaii's governor makes, and acts out its displeasure by dropping a tiny, undetectable powerful drone on peaceful, beautiful Aina Haina on Oahu, Hawaii -- presently unthinkable.
Then these will be the Good "ol Days, indeed.
Elect Bernie Sanders president!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity.
W. B. Yates,The Second Coming