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The Moral and Legal Case for Drones: An All-Too-Human Responsibility

The rise of drone warfare across the planet, spearheaded by the CIA, continues to challenge and transform the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict. Drones are frequently touted … Continue reading

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Drones and morality: when did ‘can’ become ‘ought’?

A nice piece written John Kaag and Sarah Kreps in the NYT that discusses how the CIA’s program of extra-judicial strikes is a modern incarnation of the Platonic fable of Gyges. It warns that just because drone strikes ‘can’ minimize casualties, both in … Continue reading

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Drones are unethical and risk ‘blowback’

An opinion piece in Al-Jazeera discusses the expanding US drone program, and the problems it produces. Some of the interesting tidbits are summarized below. The Taliban in Afghanistan increasingly rely on the classic tactics of guerilla warfare, in the form … Continue reading

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