Global Drone Warfare Preventable
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(CNN) -- Drone technology is spreading rapidly. As many as 50 countries are developing or purchasing these systems, including China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran.
Even non-state actors are involved. Hezbollah reportedly has deployed an Iranian-designed drone. Iran is developing a new drone aircraft with a range of more than 600 miles. These systems are used mostly for surveillance, but it is not difficult to equip the aircraft with missiles and bombs. Recently in Massachusetts, a man was arrested for plotting to place explosives on a drone aircraft and fly it into the Pentagon or the Capitol building. Private contractors are getting into the business as well. We now have companies offering drones-for-hire...
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org...), 9 countries in the world are considered "nuclear powers" because they possess nuclear weapons. Some of these countries have been historically archenemies of each other. Yet, to this day, no country has used nuclear weapons against its enemy since the end of World War II.
The reasons are: 1) the existence of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), and 2) the over-powering strength of U.S. military and intelligence which have acted as the de facto "global police".
I believe that most, if not all, countries should participate in discussion NOW on how to curtail the proliferation of drone development for military use. I also believe that in order to scare people from using drones in fighting a war, U.S. should develop its drone warfare capability to be the strongest in the world and continue to policing the world. That's what a leader should do!
Nuclear war is the possibility of human extinction. The United States Enola Gay dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. In just four months it is estimated that 130,000-150,000 people had died. But on the initial blast, 66,000 people died. And that was just ONE bomb. Now the U.S has 5,113 active and inactive nuclear warheads. Only about 1000 are active but since there are 196 countries in the world, that is enough to drop 5.1 nuclear warheads on every country in the world. You simply cannot compare nuclear warfare to drone warfare. While nuclear weapons are designed to kill many thousands and even millions of people at a time, a drone is a pinpoint weapon made to kill only a certain number of people.
If the U.S. started using more drones than anyone else, people would see that as imperialistic. It would using our power to force other countries to not do things they would otherwise want to do. Plus, if the U.S. developed the strongest drone "army" wouldn't that defeat the purposes of not having drones? According to your statement, the U.S. would become the only country to have drones.
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However, I think you are wrong in thinking that people would see this country as imperialistic if the U.S. started using more drones than anyone else. People have been seeing us as imperialistic, long before the word 'drone' made its regular appearance in the newspapers. And, I do believe the U.S. has already started, not 'if started', using drones regularly in the current conflict with extremist Muslim gorillas. It is unavoidable the label of imperialist since it comes with the territory of being the world's number 1 power in military and financial might.
Do I still believe global drone warfare is preventable? You bet. It's preventable if and only if the U.S. remains strong and in control. If we stay in control, we can 'police' other countries in order to maintain certain balance in world peace. What saves the world from human extinction is the fact that we, the majority of the citizens of this country, believe in humanitarianism. This belief, coupled with our democratic political system, guides us in our actions. I think the U.S. will lead the world in the battle of good and evil, and in the end good will win.
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Drones have are being more developed and used more and more at present times. The military is still developing robots that can go into buildings with a gun attached and scout out dangerous areas. I feel that, many Western countries and America's allies will soon put human life in more importance than anything else.
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Reasons for voting decision: what the he'll is this debate about? pro was supposed to argue that global drone warfare is preventable, con was supposed to argue that it wasnt. both had contrasting arguments and left the voters in a confused state.....
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