Chris Cole gives his argument against the use of drone warfare.
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Chris begins by saying that he wants to make 3 simple points during his speech. The first of which is that Drones are ethically different from other weapons in that they lower the cost of engaging in lethal military action. The second issue is the myth of the accuracy of these drones and the idea that they can magically erase bad people from the face of the earth. The last issue he wants to challenge is the motion of drones being ethical and effective.
Chris highlights that because these drones are constantly surveying areas of suspicion it makes the option of lethal military force all too easy. He mentions the playstation effect saying that the drone operator is geographically and emotionally distant from the target that is lowers the threshold of reality
Filmed on Thursday 25th April 2013
MOTION: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES DRONE WARFARE IS ETHICAL AND EFFECTIVE
ABOUT CHRIS COLE:
Chris Cole is is founder of Drone Wars UK and blogs at dronewarsuk.wordpress.com
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