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Independent - Johann Hari - Obama's robot wars endanger us all

Imagine if, an hour from now, a robot-plane swooped over your house and blasted it to pieces. The plane has no pilot. It is controlled with a joystick from 7,000 miles away, sent by the Pakistani military to kill you. It blows up all the houses in your street, and so barbecues your family and your neighbours until there is nothing left to bury but a few charred slops. Why? They refuse to comment. They don't even admit the robot-planes belong to them. But they tell the Pakistani newspapers back home it is because one of you was planning to attack Pakistan. How do they know? Somebody told them. Who? You don't know, and there are no appeals against the robot.

Now imagine it doesn't end there: these attacks are happening every week somewhere in your country. They blow up funerals and family dinners and children. The number of robot-planes in the sky is increasing every week. You discover they are named "Predators", or "Reapers" - after the Grim Reaper. No matter how much you plead, no matter how much you make it clear you are a peaceful civilian getting on with your life, it won't stop. What do you do? If there was a group arguing that Pakistan was an evil nation that deserved to be violently attacked, would you now start to listen?



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 07:04:17 AM EST
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Is there a dystopian alternative universe Man In High Castle-style book on how Delaware was given back to the Delaware tribes and the homeowners with the Bank of Delaware mortgages rose up in rebellion? or how Roosevelt accepted the passengers of the St. Louis, giving them and all other refugees the entire wastelands of Florida instead of sending them back to Germany to be slaughtered? and the aftermath of that?

Nationalism is a few hundred years past its sell by date. I'm really getting tired of being reborn into this stagnant cesspool of idiocy. Robots violating the Three Laws. No freakin' way. These are wartools worked by midget minded people who knowingly act upon malicious robo-signed information, committing acts of criminal negligence at best, and slaughter of civilians war crimes at worst...often at the same time...

...with my tax money, with the stated approval of Congressman Schiff of Glendale California (the great defender of the yearly Armenian Holocaust Legislation) and President Obama of Hawaii...in my name.

War is Peace

Democracy is ...shooting people with high powered weapons from thousands of miles away as if that were the real thought out solution to a problem that wasn't going to require solutions of even greater magnitude to solve the problems it is creating...with the will of the people governed.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 08:51:34 AM EST
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