Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tthe Disheartning Present of Droning; the Dismal Future of Dronning

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

China Preparing for Drone Warfare!

PLA plans to build 42,000 UAVs, Pentagon says

China’s military plans to produce nearly 
42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned 
weapons and sensor platforms as part of its
 continuing, large-scale military buildup,
 the Pentagon’s annual report on the
 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday.

China currently operates several armed and 
unarmed drone aircraft and is developing 
long-range range unmanned aerial vehicles 
(UAVs) for both intelligence 
gathering and bombing attacks.

“The acquisition and development of longer-range 
UAVs will increase China’s ability to conduct 
long-range reconnaissance and strike operations,” 
the report said.

China’s ability to use drones is increasing 
and the report said China “plans to p
roduce upwards of 41,800 land- and 
sea-based unmanned systems, 
worth about $10.5 billion, between 2014 and 2023.”

Four UAVs under development include the 
Xianglong, Yilong, Sky Saber, and Lijian,
 with the latter three drones configured to 
  fire precision-strike weapons.

“The Lijian, which first flew on Nov. 21, 2013, 
is China’s first stealthy flying wing UAV,” 
the report said.

The drone buildup is part of what the 
Pentagon identified as a decades-long 
military buildup that last year 
produced new multi-warhead missiles 
and a large number of submarines and ships

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
W. B. Yates,The Second Coming 
fragment) (1865-1939) 

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