Drones have forever changed us

Al Jazeera, 21 Jan 2015

Drones are declared to be a humanitarian weapon; they are precise and ensure no human cost to the perpetrator, writes Gordon [EPA]
Drones are declared to be a humanitarian weapon; they are precise and ensure no human cost to the perpetrator, writes Gordon [EPA]

 

Because drones transform warfare into a ghostly teleguided act orchestrated from a base in Nevada or Missouri, whereby soldiers no longer risk their lives, the critical attitude of citizenry towards war is also profoundly transformed, altering, as it were, the political arena within drone states. 

Drones, Chamayou says, are a technological solution for the inability of politicians to mobilise support for war. In the future, politicians might not need to rally citizens because once armies begin deploying only drones and robots there will be no need for the public to even know that a war is being waged. So while, on the one hand, drones help produce the social legitimacy towards warfare through the reduction of risk, on the other hand, they render social legitimacy irrelevant to the political decision-making process relating to war.

This drastically reduces the threshold for resorting to violence, so much so that violence appears increasingly as a default option for foreign policy. Indeed, the transformation of wars into a risk free enterprise will render them even more ubiquitous than they are today.