Capitalism, Hegemony and Violence in the Age of Drones

Counterpunch:

In other words, the state wishing to redefine an element of law violates existing law repeatedly until new parameters are set. This repetition eventually makes what was once illegal under international law newly legal. Arguably, even if the US (or Israel) were brought up on war crimes charges because of their armed drone murders, Reisner’s statement assumes the argument that the numerous occasions of their use could ultimately make such strikes not illegal. As Pollack points out, this level of cynicism is the essence of what is wrong with the United States and its ruling elites. When that cynicism plays itself out in the deaths of thousands, the emptiness of an already impoverished American soul is brutally exposed.

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