Killer Drones and the Pesky Question of Ethics

In an informative article on “killer drones,” Nat Hentoff asks, “Where’s the accountability?” Where indeed. Modern warfare seems bent on shedding all ethical restraint, from the distinction between combatant and non-combatant, to the defining of clear objectives and exit strategy, to the due process of law (undeclared, therefore unconstitutional, wars; death sentences on US citizens without trial; etc.). We’re become a rogue superpower. Neither would the Founders of the Republic nor the Church’s moral magisterium approve.