Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
Traditionally, war is a messy business– all that blood, sweat, and tears– not to mention danger, death, destruction, dismembered bodies, human suffering, nightmares, guilt, wasted taxpayer dollars, mounting deficit spending… you know the drill. (Pun intended.)
In recent years, the US military-industrial complex has made war less messy and less dangerous, at least for a select group of American soldiers. Drone pilots sit in secure bunkers and, armed with banks of sophisticated computer hardware, “fly” unmanned killing machines.
Drones– killing machines aimed at faceless targets– AKA fellow human beings– thousands of miles away.
No-muss, no-fuss drone warfare is no less deadly, destructive, or perverse than traditional war. It’s just easier, cleaner– just like playing the same violent video game day after day.
Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and the Davis-Monthan 50 held a press conference recently touting Tucson’s magnificent good fortune to be included on a short list of three possible locations for a drone warfare base at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Oh, the joy.
In the Tucson Sentinel’s raw raw footage above and in KVOA’s edited news footage (here), Rothschild, Ron Barber from Giffords’ Office, and D-M 50 business boosters croon about job creation attached to the drone facility.
Of course, in the cheery news coverage, there is no mention of the moral implications of drone warfare or the inherent danger to any city that houses not only a major air force base but also a bomb-making factory and a drone command center. Is this old hippie, liberal Tucson? Really?
We already have a dearth of good-paying jobs in Tucson that are not connected to the military industrial complex. When Rothschild said job creation was going to be one of his top priorities, this is not what I had in mind.
Down with drones.
Give peace a chance.
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