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The Cross and The Drone--Symbols of Faith

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The history of war--some might say the history of humankind--is the development of machines of death that create ever more distance between the combatant and his enemy. The bare hand gave way to the rock, to the spear, to the bow and arrow, the crossbow, the catapult. All provided a distance and a superiority in combat.

Gunpowder was originally used as a relatively harmless form of entertainment, to make little rockets that made pretty explosions in the air and in the form of firecrackers to make loud noises for celebrations of State. It was swiftly used to make ever-bigger rockets and bigger bombs whose purpose was death and destruction. The technology rapidly expanded to develop guns and bigger guns, and then the technologies were combined to become jet-powered rockets, missiles gave way to guided missiles.

And ultimately it all coalesced in the drone, both a weapon of war and a method of execution.

Like crucifixion, the drone and its use carries a message and a warning. The message is that the government of the United States as embodied in the office of the President of The United States claims the right to execute anyone, at any time. The warning is that to oppose the Empire of America is to assure swift death without charges, due process,  or judicial oversight. And more, it is the application of the death sentence that by its very nature assures not only the death of the supposed enemy but the death of his friends, family, and neighbors as well with no regard as to their guilt or innocence.

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As such, use of the drone represents faith. Faith in the rightness of America, faith in the ascendency of our way of life, faith in the government and its Elected Representatives to do what is right in the name of its people.

To support the use of drones, for whatever reason, is to profess faith in American Empire. To allow or excuse the use of drones, for whatever reason, is to unmistakably stand on the side of Empire.

The Cross--"'He who is not for me is against me."

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The Drone--"He who does not oppose me supports me."

In both cases you cannot be half in, half out. You cannot choose to support a part of the faith and reject another part.

It is the quandary and the moral dilemma of this generation. Any opposition to Empire while you remain a citizen of Empire is meaningless. Where is your faith?

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