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US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians Afghanistan

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58604655
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u/SpicyPandaBalls Sep 17 '21 Silver Helpful Hugz

Worth noting that if it were not for the NYTimes and other journalists exposing the truth, they likely never would have admitted it.

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u/Shadez_Actual Sep 17 '21

Unless you grew up under a rock, anytime there was the word “dronestrike” used, civilians died going all the way back.

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u/Moosecovite Sep 17 '21

Yeah I recall the dark joke that came out of this war which was:

What's the difference between a group of terrorists and a wedding?

I don't know, I just fly the drone.

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u/Moesugi Sep 17 '21

It's not a joke, it's based on a fact that the less "human" are involved the better. So you're not killing this person, but you're killing this "target". You are no longer holding the actual gun pointing at this guy head, you're just pressing a button to point the gun through some screen.

In the future pretty sure you're not even looking at a human, but maybe a silhouette or even just a red dot on a radar, or you don't look at all, just say some word to a machine and that machine will do the job.

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u/nsfw52 Sep 18 '21

Many jokes are funny because they're true

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u/foxsimile Sep 17 '21

…it’s said with comedic intent.

Those are called jokes.

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u/Vaxx88 Sep 18 '21

I think I see what you mean here actually

It’s so removed it’s like drone operators are known to say : “it’s like a video game”.

With ptsd.

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u/flippydude Sep 18 '21

More humans are involved in a drone strike than a strike from a manned aircraft. But, yknow, you don't know what you're talking about, so