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Subject: Drones Stage Comeback Date: 1/25/2013 3:45 PM
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Apparently the German govt has capitulated to pressure from the Bundeswehr to deploy armed drones. The rationale for their necessity, according to Germany's military?

the weapons boost safety and security through "credible deterrence," pointing to the "Predator" drones used by the United States as a possible model.

Meanwhile, some politicians in Germany question the potential misuse of this technology. After all, the last decade has been littered with examples of political failure to comprehend the unintended consequences of reaction to international events. And their domestic ramifications. In the febrile atmosphere which dominates, caution is a rare commodity:

"I'm vehemently opposed to the Bundeswehr's drone strategy," said Andrej Hunko, a parliamentarian with the Left Party. "I'm also critical of expanding the use of reconnaissance drones." Hunko said that he fears that such aircraft won't just be used abroad, but that they could be used domestically as well.

Of course this wouldn't be the first time that Germany deployed armed drones in a war zone. Nah. That would be back in WW2. The V-1 was an unmanned Wunderwaffe which was used to bombard London. It was known as the Doodlebug - terror from the sky. The V-1's cost to Germany? 0 casualties. Casualties inflicted on the target? Over 22,000. Curious isn't it? There is one question neither asked nor answered by the loudest proponents of drone warfare. What is the likely response of civilians who have the great misfortune to be living in a zone targeted by drones? If their support is allegedly crucial to winning the battle for hearts and minds? Is drone warfare likely to advance this euphemistically named conflict? Or inflame it?

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/germany-plans-to...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doodlebug_(flying_bomb)
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