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In the past few years the United States has greatly expanded its use of unmanned, armed, remotely controlled “drone” aircraft, employing them in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

The matter has, however, now become much more complicated with the fact that some 50 other nations have bought them or are developing them, including India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan and Russia. Most startling is the fact that China is offering 25 different models for sale, introducing them at an airshow last November. The promotional video for the Chinese drones at the event included video footage of one taking out an armored vehicle and another mounting an attack on an American aircraft carrier.

Eventually, with the proliferation of drones and particularly if the Chinese begin selling them in a promotional campaign, the question of a possible drone attack within the United States arises. Even if the countries that have them could be trusted, there is no way to control to whom they sell them and the notion of “sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander” rules out a U.S. moral argument against them.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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