A Religious Wake-Up Call in the Matter of Drones
Our use of drones is only defensible on "Just War Theory" grounds, if we are able to demonstrate an immediate threat to this country that is specific and specifically premeditated with a specific objective. Unfortunately, the current administration, with its complex entanglements of secrecy and formal denials, has not been able to explain or demonstrate an immediate threat.
Our use of drones are out of "proportion" because it uses the most advanced technology in the world to assassinate people who can basically only throw the equivalent of sticks and stones back at you. Moreover, it gives these people no chance to surrender. It is like capital punishment without an arrest, a charge, a trial, or a right of appeal.
Our use of drones is not humane, because it totally objectifies the enemy by making them into a picture on a screen. There is not the faintest possibility, in the conduct of drone warfare by means of remote control, that you can regard the enemy as a fellow human citizen of the planet.
During this religious time of year it’s important that all of our citizens realize that our country’s use of drones in Pakistan and elsewhere are not moral. These attacks violate the maximum position of the Christian religion, and of most spiritual teachers, of all faiths, since the world began; and it violates the minimum position of Christianity, which is the "Just War Theory”. "Just War Theory" was a temporary expedient, thought up to try and justify worldly warfare for Christian princes who had an uneasy conscience.
About all it ever blessed was a modest form of siege warfare, with almost no casualties at all, in places like the city-states of Sixteenth-Century Italy.
How can the Christian tradition be used to bless drone wars? It can't - unless you've got your tongue literally buried in your cheek.