Photo Credit to Rich Voza
110 in The Shade
The pilot wiped the sweat and dust from his brow and coaxed the joystick, “Just one more pass baby.”
His man on the ground had been confident when he called in the strike.
There was no space in his head for hesitation but the memories of the prior one hundred fly bys had solidified: women and children and long white coats.
The order came from above but the decision would forever nest in his soul. Today the Nevada desert was one level closer to Dante’s Inferno and a faceless hospital disappeared in a cloud of sand 7000 miles away.
The drone pilots at Creech Air Force base in Indian Springs, Nevada fly over 60 unmanned drone missions every day collecting intelligence on enemy strong holds and troop movements. By 2015 the US drone pilots had flown approximately 3000 missions over Iraq and Syria, they had coordinated over 800 air strikes on militant targets. Right or wrong, robotic warfare is the new reality and in every form of warfare there will be immeasurable human costs to civilians and military personnel and yet we seem no closer to lasting peace.
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Buckle up, sit back and enjoy the flight.