Drone Warfare

There’s a war going on. Can we control it? The undefined morality of drone warfare warrants attention

The recent use of drones in a heated conflict raises questions about military application of technology.

In the United States, despite current instability often characterized as “unprecedented”, we sometimes have a myopic view of our problems. A larger worldview reveals that there are still boots-on-the -ground wars happening. And we’d be well advised to consider the effects of technology on these situations.

Look no further than the Caucasus region, where decades of ethnic bitterness and external diplomatic trampling have brought Armenia and Azerbaijan back into a startling conflict. Over the last month, the two countries, which share a disputed border in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region between the Black and Caspian Seas, have engaged in what one New York Times columnist described as “modernized trench warfare with drone strikes”.

This evokes perilous images of World War I, frighteningly fused with techpocalypse-like drone warfare. The only problem is, this is no longer hypothetical. In videos we won’t show here, you can already witness real soldiers being struck down by manmade drones. Already, accountability is in question after both sides have accused the other of either shooting or launching drones and/or remote missiles. Proving these claims becomes difficult when their points of origin are hard to pin down.

Is this technology really something we have control of? We’d be remiss not to consider that question. We’d also be equally remiss not to mention that this is an ongoing question in regard to warfare (see: poisonous gases being deployed via new technology during that same war; only to be outlawed at the ensuing Geneva Convention) and that drones have been used in combat since the early 2000s. It is the increased effectiveness that is startling (some videos show 500 mobile soldiers “neutralized” with one strike).

Most recently, the United States has entered the fray at the behest of Azerbaijan, who requested its help. The United States plans to host peace talks in the near future. This comes after initial peace talks brokered by Russia lasted all of a few minutes.

We also recently checked in on a story about repairing submersible motors in Azerbaijan.

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: