ProCon.org Launches New Website on America’s Use of Drones in the War on Terror
Since the World Trade Center attacks of Sep. 11, 2001 and the subsequent “War on Terror,” the United States has used unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) to kill suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries. ProCon.org debuts its 50th issue website, https://drones.procon.org, and delves deeply into the pros and cons of US drone strikes using the latest studies, perspectives, and facts.
Proponents say that drones have decimated terrorist networks abroad via precise strikes with minimum civilian casualties. They contend that drones are relatively inexpensive weapons, are used under proper government oversight, and that their use helps prevent “boots on the ground” combat and makes America safer.
Opponents say that drone strikes create more terrorists than they kill. They contend that drone strikes kill large numbers of civilians, violate international law, lack sufficient congressional oversight, violate the sovereignty of other nations, and make the horrors of war appear as innocuous as a video game.
In response to the website’s core question, “Should the United States continue its use of drone strikes abroad?,” ProCon.org presents sourced pros and cons, a historical background section, videos, images, over 100 footnotes and sources, and Did You Know? facts including (sources available online):
For pros, cons, and related research on US drone strikes abroad, visit https://drones.procon.org