November 5, 2012

The Nov. 2 editorial “Drone war” noted a troubling dependence on the use of drones. Indeed, drones could make it easier to conduct a war — and possibly even to go to war. Drone use is often positioned as potentially saving lives that would have otherwise been committed to action — and dollars are easier to expend than human lives. However, with drone employment we could begin to lose a consciousness of the human cost of war — something that has generally guided our thinking regarding conflicts for the last century. Let us not lose that sense.

Yolan LaPorte, Fairfax