Drones or Die
On August 6, 1945, the United States military used a massive, atomic weapon against Hiroshima, Japan. This atomic bomb, the equivalent of 20,000 tons of dynamite, flattened the city, killing tens of thousands of civilians. While Japan was still trying to get a grasp of this devastation, three days later, the United States struck again, this time, on Nagasaki. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the immediate effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. If you are an American you may see this event as a positive action for our society, and if you are Japanese you may see this as the most horrendous occurrence in the history of the human race. Regardless of your viewpoint on the situation, it is important to understand its proportionality. What I mean by proportionality is the proportion of good aspects to bad aspects that the action had. Did the good outweigh the bad? In the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bad definitely outweighed the good, where although we may have saved many Americans lives, hundreds of thousands civilians died, and an entire country was devastated. So when developing an opinion on the use of drone strikes, I want you to keep in mind proportionality, and ask yourself, does the good outweigh the bad?
The use of drone strikes is very important to our country because they not only effectively eradicate terrorists, but they also keep our soldiers safe and reduce civilian deaths more than traditional methods of attack. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be flown without a pilot for thousands of miles and can be utilized in many ways. These drones have been used for attaining aerial views of land and water, scanning crops, fighting wildfires, taking photographs, and searching and rescuing, as well as many other uses. The United States military has taken drones to an entirely new level where they have begun using them as lethal weapons. Equipping these drones with missiles, bombs, and other explosives the military can send them into the air and control them to attack targeted locations thus performing drone strikes. These vehicles are able to fly thousands of miles without a pilot, and execute tasks aimed at eliminating terrorists to keep our country safe. We like to believe we live in a country where we are free and safe. The sad truth is that there are groups of people and individuals, whom we classify as terrorists, who want to take our freedom away and put us in danger. These terrorists exist all over the world with the intent of using violence to harm our country. As an effective way of defending these violent attacks, our country has resorted to the use of drone strikes. Al Qaeda is just one of several groups that's severely threaten the United States. After September 11th 2001 when Al Qaeda members flew two planes into the World Trade Center our country has been forced to live in fear. For over a decade now our country has been living in terror and anxiety from the violent and destructive actions of that group, as well as deal with extreme measures of security. Although they have not physically attacked our country in some years now, we are still at war. We have to constantly be prepared to protect ourselves from Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The military is actively finding ways to eliminate these terrorist groups and protect our country.
An effective method that our military has discovered, that can help eliminate these terrorists more quickly and more effectively is the use of drones. On page 11 of Amitai Etzioni’s article “The Great Drone Debate” he says, “This ability to deploy force abroad with minimal United States casualties may allow America to intervene in emerging humanitarian crises across the world with a greater degree of flexibility and effectiveness.” This is evidence that with this drone technology, the military can respond to problems anywhere in the world much more quickly...
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