Why Use Drones?
Drones are extremely effective by maintaining a “persistent observation” of targets. By remaining over an Iranian nuclear weapons complex the drones can observe daily operations over a long period of time providing analysts insight to routine operations and daily traffic of materials entering and leaving the targeted nuclear facilities. It has the ability to monitor and track vehicles going to other locations and possibly exposing additional nuclear weapon related facilities. Such information allows mission planners necessary intelligence as to when to strike identified targets in order to shut down any future nuclear weapon development if so ordered by the president.
In an article adapted from his debate last week with Peter Singer and Maggie Little on the moral status of the “fetus,” Professor Finnis explains that outside of medical contexts use of the word “fetus” is offensive, dehumanizing, prejudicial, and manipulative. It obscures our perception of moral reality. Moral status is not a matter of choice or grant or convention, but of recognition, of someone who matters, and matters as an equal, whether we like it or not.
The last time I had the opportunity of discoursing with Peter Singer was in May 1998 in the Philosophy Society at Oxford, right behind the College where we were colleagues for a while in the 1970s.
The topic in 1998 was “Brain Death,” and we had a fair measure of agreement that the contemporary tests and criteria for brain death are an unsatisfactory guide to…