Drone Warfare Argumentative Essay

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Rubble collapses under the feet of children as they examine the wreckage, fire and smoke scatter throughout the area, mothers beckon their children to come inside, and shock stretches across the faces of natives. Why and what for? Uses of military drones have faced many fiery debates in recent times. Articles and open letters, some with biased information about the reality of drone warfare and its effects, recently started causing uproar, despite years of drone usage in the military. Doyle McManus, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, wrote an opinion piece on the drawbacks of drone warfare. As a Middle Eastern correspondent for the LA Times, McManus’s insight in the drone warfare debate exponentially outweighs many out there. One of McManus’s …show more content…
For instance, he states, “After a decade of drone strikes, (it notes,) we face more Islamic extremists, not fewer.” Casual relationships like this need hard evidence and statistics to back it up. Increases in Islamic extremism could have numerous causes, such as economic reliance, relative conditions and inter-related relationship, and many other unimaginable reasons. To say that the increase of Islamic extremists directly relates to the increase of drone strikes can seem far-reaching at the very least. Additionally, McManus believes it cowardly to hide behind a drone when killing extremists. Saying that this way of fighting does not follow traditional warfare. He would prove correct in that statement. In traditional warfare, men would not take shelter in Mosques to avoid death, knowing that Americans respect religious and sacred ground. Men would not take human shields to avoid gunfire. Men would not purposely fly a plane into a tower, only with the goal of killing thousands of innocent people in mind. Traditional warfare no longer exists. Asymmetric warfare takes its place. In order to win, one must fight with asymmetric means. Why should America risk its citizens to go “courageously” and politely kill an extremist who does not think twice about hiding behind a women and her child? McManus also believes that the CIA should release a list of names, so the …show more content…
People need to understand the gruesomeness of war, and that death and destruction create a pathway for peace. Without the extensive measures of drones, the war in the Middle East would have a much different scenario. Extremist would still roam take human shields and hide in Mosques, sacrificing the lives of natives and risk the lives of Americans. While many still do, drones have reduced a number of them. Ultimately, drone strikes effectively eliminate Islamic extremists, and in turn eliminate threats in the Middle East and protect American

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