Home > Defence, Foreign Policy, National Politics, Terrorism, Uncategorized > Using Drones operated in the UK to attack on ‘battlefields’ far away may be putting a safe distance between those doing the fighting. But it is also a major step away from achieving any kind of meaningful solution to extremist-led 21st Century Terrorism

Using Drones operated in the UK to attack on ‘battlefields’ far away may be putting a safe distance between those doing the fighting. But it is also a major step away from achieving any kind of meaningful solution to extremist-led 21st Century Terrorism

An RAF Reaper drone

News Reports demonstrating the RAF piloting Drone Aircraft from behind computer screens in the UK will of course upset many.

It will also frighten others who will realise that in the eyes of Terrorists, this very fact will potentially make RAF Waddington some kind of ‘legitimate’ target and focus for the attention of what perhaps may be home-grown, radicalised young Muslims whose desire for retaliation will be borne from what they understand to be happening at the other end of a satellite signal in Afghanistan.

There is some irony in the fact that the UK is now using the distance which remote technology affords us to protect our military personnel, when the results are ultimately creating even greater distance between us and the militant groups and their potential converts who we as a society have now come to fear so greatly.

If cultural misunderstandings are the basis of the problems between the Western World and extremists, violent acts of any kind are surely the quickest route to polarising those feelings even further. Especially so when those acts are perceived to be random and without regard to innocent human life, just as with 9/11 for the USA, 7/7 and Woolwich for us, and now these markedly remote-operated drone strikes for those living in Afghanistan.

The most frightening truth in all of this is the very real scenario that allows a violent act against just one person can be used as such an extremely effective marketing tool by those who perceive themselves as being the same as those injured – perhaps just for as outwardly simple a reason as sharing a Religion – to provide that essential hint of a genuine truth which is needed to legitimise the sharing of obscure views against the ‘perpetrators’ which might otherwise carry so little weight.

Those who preach to the young and vulnerable on our streets know this all too well. When teaching that the injustice of innocent deaths in a faraway land can be closely identified with the day-to-day injustices of living in and experiencing a money-obsessed Western world, we soon find brainwashing being carried out on a level that only our worst nightmares could ever possibly allow.

The regrettable reality of all this is that it necessitates the use of force by those who would protect us, simply because those who have learned that their own life has no value, will seldom hesitate in taking away the lives of others who appear to disagree with their ‘doctrine’ – perhaps just as simply as being because they do not share the same Faith.

However, using violence against terrorism is itself just a means of dealing with the effects of a massive problem which whilst manifested as violence, must be dealt with both intelligently and considerately at its root cause if any lasting understanding is ever really to be achieved.

It is this fact alone that Government must now face if there is any deep desire to genuinely future proof us against militant terrorism in the years to come, and talk of the mission being accomplished in Afghanistan by the Prime Minister is positive window dressing heaped upon one pyrrhic victory indeed.

Image  – thanks to http://www.theguardian.com  

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