Terrorists Got Drones! Open Thread for Monday, July 14, 2014

For years, various folks who question the morality of President Obama’s habit of waging war by drone attack, like Zeus hurling thunderbolts down on terrorists, have frequently asked, “What are we going to do when others, especially our adversaries, also have drones?”

Well, we need to come up with an answer to that pretty quickly, because the day has arrived. In fact, it’s official: Terrorists now have drone technology:

The Israeli military also intercepted an unmanned aircraft flown from Gaza, blowing it apart in midair just offshore from the Israeli port city of Ashdod, a spokesman said. The drone attack by Hamas added a new element to the week-old conflict.

The military wing of Hamas claimed on Monday that it had sent “a number of drones” flying into Israel on “special missions,” saying on its website that the aircraft were one of the “surprises” it had promised over the last week….

So, the future is here, and it’s unsettling.

Meanwhile, in case you’d like to have an open thread today, here are some other topics:

Psychological warfare by text — Not only is Hamas deploying drones, they’re sending out texts to Israeli citizens to sow fear and uncertainty. So they’re getting more sophisticated. Kinda. You can tell it’s Hamas disinformation when it’s really badly spelled, apparently.

World Cup win stirs German patriotism — Fortunately, it’s not of the national socialist kind. In fact, some of the most excited wavers of flags are Turkish rather than Aryan. But it’s an unfamiliar feeling for this generation of Germans. Der Spiegel posed the question this way: “We’re back, but as what?”

Bergdahl returning to active duty — Meanwhile, the investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance in Afghanistan is “ongoing.”

Or whatever y’all want to talk about…


4 thoughts on “Terrorists Got Drones! Open Thread for Monday, July 14, 2014

    1. Bryan Caskey

      I haven’t seen a B.C. comic in years. Loved it.

      I guess that’s because I haven’t picked up a newspaper in years. By the way, not to hijack this good foreign policy/military post, but do newspapers have any strategy for…you know…actually selling newspapers these days? I mean, beyond putting the paper online and then putting up an ineffective paywall.

      Heck, even the WSJ’s paywall is easily worked around by Googling the title of each piece. I would have thought the WSJ would be pretty cutting edge with that kind of stuff. I mean, if you’re going to have a paywall, have a paywall. As it is, the WSJ’s paywall is about as effective as our border with Mexico.

      is anyone at The State or some other paper sitting around thinking about how to get a 22-35 year old person to actually get a subscription? Or has the paper just given up on this idea?

      1. Kathryn Braun Fenner

        I think they are mighty close to losing plenty of subscribers twice that age if they don’t step up the content! I subscribe as much out of civic duty as necessity. Free Times covers about the same level of stuff I need to know about. It is so sad that the Aiken Substandard actually publishes more news!

  1. Kathryn Braun Fenner

    Actually Germany has been given to patriotic displays in connection with the World Cup for at least three years now. Two summers ago, folks were flying the German flag and such, and our German friends commented repeatedly about how strange that was to them.


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