Thursday, February 14, 2013

A medal of valor for those courageous drone pilots

The Distinguished Warfare Medal.  Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.

Combat used to mean men (young, poor, gullible, and expendable men) armed with lethal weapons squaring off face to face in the name of some farcical abstraction such as god or country, or perhaps simply out of fear and ignorance.

Under the new definition, combat requires a five-year-old’s steadiness of hand and vacuousness of mind to vaporize a “target” (usually a brown person from some unpronounceable place—so who cares anyway) on a video screen by squeezing the trigger on a phallic-shaped joystick in the name of corporate profit.

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