|About the Book|
The first book on drone warfare, the new warfare system affecting the Indian subcontinent, specially Pakistan and AfghanistanWeeks after the 2002 American invasion of Afghanistan, Medea Benjamin visited that country. There, on the ground, talkingMoreThe first book on drone warfare, the new warfare system affecting the Indian subcontinent, specially Pakistan and AfghanistanWeeks after the 2002 American invasion of Afghanistan, Medea Benjamin visited that country. There, on the ground, talking with victims of the strikes, she learned the reality behind the ‘precision bombs’ on which US forces were becoming increasingly reliant. Now, with the use of drones escalating at a meteoric pace, Benjamin has written this book as a call to action: ‘It is meant to wake a sleeping public,’ she writes, ‘lulled into thinking that drones are good, that targeted killings are making us safer.’Drone Warfare is a comprehensive look at the growing menace of robotic warfare, with an extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who ‘pilots’ these unmanned planes, who are the victims, and what are the legal and moral implications. In vivid, readable style, the book also looks at what activists, lawyers and scientists are doing to ground the drones, and ways to move forward.‘In reality,’ writes Benjamin, ‘the assassinations the US is carrying out via drones will come back to haunt it when others start doing the same thing – to the Americans.’About the AuthorMedea Benjamin is a co-founder of the peace group, CODEPINK, and the international human rights organization, Global Exchange. Described as ‘one of America’s most committed – and most effective – fighters for human rights’ by New York Newsday, and called ‘one of the high-profile leaders of the peace movement’ by the Los Angeles Times, Benjamin is the author/editor of eight books. Her articles appear regularly in publications such as The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet and OpEd News.