Gaddafi, drones, and violence

The bloody images of Gaddafi serve to remind us of the bloody reality of war. But it is not just a frantic crowd of Libyan rebels brandishing a disposed leader that produce such violent scenes: drone warfare—despite the views from thousands of miles in the sky—is responsible for murdering, maiming, and ruining lives across the world. It was a U.S.-piloted drone that first struck Gaddafi’s convoy with its deadly payload of ‘hellfire’ missiles. And as audiences across the planet abhor and rejoice in the blood of a tyrant, it is worth remembering that camera or not, the shadow wars fought by the West are no less stained. Although the means may be different, and advanced technologies may produce a different geographical imagination, violence is always…violent.

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