[THS] Cindy Sheehan: SlayStation
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Tue Apr 6 16:13:33 CEST 2010
By Cindy Sheehan
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the effects they provide have emerged as one
of the most "in demand" capabilities the USAF provides the Joint Force. The
attributes of persistence, endurance, efficiency, and connectivity are proven force
multipliers across the spectrum of global Joint military operations.
USAF UAS FLIGHT PLAN 2009-2047
April 05, 2010 "Islam Times" -- Dont get me wrong, I am not in favor of Manned
Aircraft Systems raining down bombs on civilians, but the idea of Murder by Joystick
with the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS,) is especially sickening to me.
UAS, more commonly known as drones, are controlled from thousands of miles
away and are increasingly becoming the new wave of the Air Force. The Air Force
was recently devastated by Congress cutting off funding for the obsolete F22 fighter
jet and is very excited about its robotic killers.
Even the names of drones are monstrous, such as: Predator and ReaperThe Grim
Reaper dronechoosing who lives or who dies from an air conditioned bunker at
Creech Air Force base thousands of miles away from the bombing site:
Thousands of miles away from the carnage;
Thousands of miles away from the screaming and dying;
Light years away from morality and compassion.
With reports stating that, from the top down, the US military is filled with Christian
zealots, I wonder who "authorizes" Murder by Joystick? Does the 6th Commandment
say: Thou shalt not murder; unless you can pretend youre playing a video game?
The mass murder of the 21st century couldnt have been even remotely conceived of
a few millennia ago.
War has become more deadly to persons but increasingly more depersonalized.
Today, needless civilian deaths outweigh unnecessary military deaths by a 5 to 1
ratio, but are still referred to as: Collateral damage. Our military has become even
further depersonalized by the utilization of paid mercenaries.
Not only is this kind of warfare taking a toll on civilians, but also military chaplains
have reported that some of the pilots who control these weapons are having crises
of conscience. Being me, I cant conceive of sitting in a comfy room and dropping
bombs on children, then going home to eat dinner with my children, or attend their
Scouting meetings or sporting events. It is uplifting to know that some of our troops
have consciencesI wish more would start to refuse these repugnant orders.
The Pentagon recently confirmed that even though US troops are moving out of Iraq,
they would be replaced--sometimes by a two to one ratio--by mercenaries from such
places as Uganda. This jaded nation of ours barely cares about the soldiers that are
dying, how much less will we care about foreign paid mercenary killers and whether
they have the right equipment or not?
The US Central Intelligence Agency collaborates with the Pakistani government to
execute political enemies in the tribal regions of Pakistan, claiming that al Qaeda or
Taliban leaders are being killed, when that is not the reality at all. While the
government in Islamabad gives lip service to condemning CIA drone attacks, some of
the drones are being launched from such airfields in Pakistan as Shamsi.
Currently the US is waging two undeclared wars with pre-emptive attacks in Yemen
and promising tougher sanctions in Iran. US drones have been spotted over
Venezuelan airspace. I predict that the escalating use of UASs will just make it easier
to wage, not only illegal wars, but un-Constitutional wars, as well.
In US culture today, its just a short trip from the violent games on PlayStation and
other video systems, to actually killing people with Slay-stations. We parents must be
more proactive in banning violent games from our households.
SlayStation's game, Murder by Joystick, is just further moral bankruptcy from the
Military Industrial Complex that, according to the UAF Flight Plan, is salivating and
looking forward to the day when dronesusing artificial intelligencewill carry
nuclear weapons and won't need any direction from humans at all.
2047 is the target date for total Armageddon by UAS.
Note: When Bush was president there were 24 drone attacks in Pakistan from
2004-2008. In the 15 months that Obama has been president, there have been 72
attacks. Wheres the change?
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