Monday, 30 April 2012

QOTD: A Game of Drones

Whenever I think of the drone debate: it is often framed as about the legality, morality, ethical aspects of an occupying power using unmanned drones against threats in a neighbouring country.

In turn this neigbouring country is backing 'manned drones'  to address its own deep seated security insecurities.

I don't look at in those terms though, I instead think of how international law is no law..and ultimately the tragic reality is, it is about power and perception.

With that ..a little nod to a game of thrones:

 “In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him to slay the other two. ‘Do it,’ says the king, ‘for I am your lawful ruler.’ ‘Do it,’ says the priest, ‘for I command you in the names of the gods.’ ‘Do it,’ says the rich man, ‘and all this gold shall be yours.’ So tell me – who lives and who dies?”

The answer to this riddle ? Is anyone at any time...the truth is like this game of drones is that

'Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick, a shadow on the wall '  the only reality is that when powerful groups fight over power, it is the average person who gets put to the sword.

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