The Dehumanization of Battle

Some time in the future, a war will be fought entirely by remote control. Servicemen will maneuver their ordnance using a computer, monitor and joystick. From some protected bunker they will send commands to relay final instructions to weapons about when and where to blow up. We’re already doing that with cruise missiles. The same technology can be used in aircraft drones, wheeled vehicles, and even bullets. It’ll be all too much like video games, a 2D representation of war detached from the reality behind it. In fact, kids who are good at first-person shooters will make great future soldiers. Maybe perfect soldiers. Violence with impunity. Never any blood on the uniform.

The dehumanization of battle is almost complete.

This is too morbid and depressing.  I gotta lighten up.


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