Re "Drones are a just tool against elusive enemy" (Viewpoints, Feb 14): Like Richard Herman, I am an old fighter pilot. Really old. My war was Korea where I was a Navy carrier pilot.
The writer should label me alarmist. My issue with drone warfare is not that terrorists are killed in the blind, at huge distances without due process. It is that non-combatant innocent bystanders -- citizens of whatever country, of any age -- are injured or killed by accident, mistake, or shear indifference.
Herman opines that it is unfortunate that the world of so-called intelligence cannot achieve better than 60 percent certainty. Whom would he assign to the 40-percent OK-to-kill group?
We bind our hands with legal strictures because Americans do not deny the right to life for the innocent. To believe or act differently is not what I would call intelligence.
-- Bud Nunn, Murphys
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