“America’s Drone Campaign is Both Moral and Effective”
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That’s the cry we hear as we learn more about America’s drone programme. But do the gentle souls who condemn drones have a better strategy for dealing with the militants operating within the borders of states that want rid of them? In this kind of situation where you’re not fighting a regular army, targeting enemy ringleaders is an imperative. And drones, it turns out, are more effective than troops in hunting down the bad guys and cause far fewer civilian deaths than conventional warfare. In many cases they are actually welcomed by the local population who are only too happy to see the militants come under attack. Thanks to drones, jihadis now know there is nowhere to hide. No one is saying they are pretty: violence and death are always abominable. But in an imperfect and often violent world, the use of drones is moral and effective.
Those are the arguments for and against this new and increasingly important form of warfare, which is the topic of our new monthly Versus debate with Google+.
Combining the flair of Intelligence Squared debates with the innovative technology of Google+ Hangouts, we’re bringing the world’s best speakers to the fray, either hosting them on stage at the Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio in London or beaming them in from wherever they are in the world. And you’ll be able to join us either at the venue or by tuning in on the Versus Google+ and Versus YouTube channels.
Speakers for the motion
British author, broadcaster, and Times columnist
Writer, columnist and Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society
Speakers against the motion
Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield
Civil Rights lawyer, Founder and Director of Reprieve, who recently campaigned alongside Imran Khan in Pakistan against drone use
Expert panel (via Google+ Hangouts)
Counterterrorism adviser on the Obama 2008 presidential campaign and assistant professor of political science at La Salle University, Philadelphia
Assistant professor in the Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), Georgetown University
24-year-old writer, activist and a co-founder of Yemen’s Watan Party
Dr Mohammad Taqi
Physician and columnist at the Daily Times, Pakistan
Editor-in-chief of The Week magazine and co-founder of Intelligence Squared