The Drone Strikes Again Essay

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The Drone Strikes Again
Take a moment and imagine this: for every terrorist killed by a U.S. drone strike, 50 Pakistani civilians fall victims to these ruthless attacks. According to an article written by David Kilcullen and Andrew McDonald from the NY Times, “press reports suggest that over the last three years drone strikes have killed about 14 terrorist leaders. But, according to Pakistani sources, they have also killed some 700 civilians. This is 50 civilians for every militant killed, a hit rate of 2 percent — hardly “precision”” (Killcullen, McDonald 9). Regardless if the number of casualties of innocent people caused by drone strikes has increased or decreased, the policy itself ...view middle of the document...

S. Military killing terrorist without their knowledge, someone “up the ladder” decided that the act alone is acceptable because it would result in “the greatest good for the greatest number of people” (Bentham). Kant was not a consequentialist theorist as his fellow philosopher, Bentham, was. As stated before, Kant believed that our actions should be based on the rightness of themselves, regardless of the result. Therefore, if the military did in fact decide to eliminate a group of leading terrorist, they have duties as humans to do it the right way. What is the right way, though? It would be permissible to say that the best way of going about the task of eliminating terrorist would certainly not be to use drone tactics; instead, both militant parties would have to come to an agreement of how to end the terrorism. The most important aspect of the scenario would be this, the individuals partaking in terrorism would have to render themself to the U.S. military and agree that there is in fact a tolerable punishment; death not being one of them. The reason death could not be an option is because ultimately the U.S. military would be taking away the autonomy of that individual, they are not choosing to die out of free will, but instead are acting based on heteronomy, which is the opposite of Autonomy. To act heteronomous “is to act according to laws (or rules) that we do not give ourselves. It is an action that is influenced by a force outside the individual.” (Riley Inks)
The other reason why using drone tactics to eliminate terrorists is wrong, is because of the innocent lives that are being subjected to an unjust death penalty, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The U.S. military is consciously making the decision to use drones as a means to take out high-risk terrorist. However, if we were to use Kant’s Categorical Imperative and apply the...

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