Do you think it’s ethical to use unmanned drones in war?
I don’t think that war is ethical in the first place. But then to look at it comparatively, I think that employing drones is much better than torture & the extensive killing of innocent civilians, which are casualties that are rarely reported back to us.
Furthermore, I think that using drones cuts back on situations where imprisonment and carpet bombing are necessary. I also feel that the employment of drones has helped us immensely in the fight against al-Qaeda, and also in locating Bin Laden. Though Pakistan has reported 700 civilian deaths and 1000 injuries by drone, I think that the amount of lives saved by avoiding direct combat would likely outweigh these numbers.
Drones are used internationally, and their use goes back to the 50’s and 60’s, or if you want to count the use of remote controlled planes, then as far back as WWI. Drones also have more benign uses for surveillance as well as search and rescue.
So while the ethics of drones is a bit sketchy, I think they are worth the compromise, and only hope that they will be used as mindfully as possible in times to come.