Several authors have written extensively on this topic, apparently war is more palpable when hands on engagements are replaced with remote technological devices. (Technological devices helps to desensitize the killing of another human being, even humans who are innocent)!
The former will increase, instead of diminish the likelihood of [war prone] nations like the USA, with superior technological advances, launching pre-emptive attacks on other nations and people in the future।
Eventually wars will be fought from the sanctity of an American living room। With the use of sophisticated held-hand devices - Americans will be able to lodge an hour or two of war on the basis of convenience.
Americans will get in a few dissociative kills, perhaps after returning home from happy hour, watching a few porn movies or football games on their HDTV screens, or prior to saying their prayers before retiring for the evening! Or, hey son, let me borrow your XBOX1000, I need to obliterate a few Iraqis and American liberals before I turn in tonight (or to destroy the telecommunications system in Iran - we already have that technology up and running)!
Americans today, unlike Americans of old are unwilling to risk death like the old soldiers who preceded them। The old soldiers faced their enemies on the field of battle with honor, or because they didn't have a choice!
Americans are willing to kill others ad nauseum and by any 'high-tech means necessary', for Americans to do so is the ultimate fete compli!
An Israeli pilot confessed on PBS the other day that he does his job, which amounts to flying his airplane high in the sky, after he receives the coordinates to destroy certain passenger carrying vehicles or sites that are to be destroyed on the ground। And from his lofty position in the sky, he simply pushes a button - he never witnesses the personal carnage, afterward he heads home to be with his family - the other guy did not, and the other guy never knew what hit him.
An American fighter pilot in Baghdad admits that he watches Iraqi soccer matches from the sky, while flying reconnaissance missions. Get it? Watch the game, and then pause for a minute to kill a few Iraqis, then back to the match!Posted by: The Rev April 30, 2008 10:54 AM
Peace & grace,
Rev. C. Solomon
Addenda: When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" Luke 9:54.
Soon Nintendo, Microsoft and Sega will be producing actual hand-held war devices!