Thanks to Subashini for showing me this. Zero Dark Thirty’s Twitter account is promoting drone warfare. I want to be surprised but I’m not. Hollywood is never neutral. This is disgusting.
I’m sorry, what is wrong with drone warfare specifically? While it is not always accurate, that is true of all forms of warfare. Even when we had swords and arrows, civilians would get caught up in the fighting. I think you need to calm down and avoid the hipster critique you seem to have got caught up in. The truth is, you don’t dislike drone warfare. You don’t like war. And ultimately, that’s a very different discussion, and one that really is much more complicated than getting indignant about the use of a weapon. Frankly, drone warfare makes sense. If one side has the ability to attack the other without risking its own men, why wouldn’t it do that?
Ah, white man wants to know why war is wrong. Sweet.
Let’s see. We could talk about how “Of the some 3000 persons killed by US drones, something like 600 have been innocent noncombatant bystanders, and of these 176 were children. In some instances the US drone operators have struck at a target, then waited for rescuers to come and struck again, which would be a war crime. Obviously, children may run in panic to the side of an injured parent, so they could get hit by the indiscriminate second strike. We don’t know the exact circumstances of the children’s deaths because the US government won’t talk about them, indeed, denies it all.” We can talk about the lack of transparency and the infamous, inhumane definition of “military age males”, we can talk about this or we can talk about how Pakistani and Afghan children are reported as dogs after getting killed by strikes. We can talk about the anxiety and the stress, the fear and the nightmares civilians are having because of this constant war.
So my “hipster critique” of warfare - its various forms that ultimately result in dead children, women and rescuers, bombed weddings and funerals by drone strikes, cast aside as mere numbers and “collateral damage” - as a Pakistani woman living in Pakistan is embedded in reality. Something you don’t seem very concerned about.
And while we’re at it, go fuck yourself.