Part 2 in the three-part discussion series "Germany and Europe at a Crossroads"
(Original English version recorded on March 14, 2021.)
The people of Afghanistan have suffered from drone strikes by the U.S. government since 2001 and by the British government since 2007. The German armed forces have been using unarmed “Heron 1“ drones in Afghanistan since 2010. The German military wants to arm the weapons-capable „Heron TP“ drones leased in 2018, allegedly in order to protect their soldiers, despite the fact that no German soldier has been killed by attacks in any foreign mission since 2014. The German Ministry of Defense asserts that the well-known ethical and legal consequences of drone warfare can be avoided through stricter rules of engagement for its own armed drones. The voices of witnesses and experts who have immediate experience with this weapons system reveal limitations to such rules of engagement.
* Lisa Ling, military communications technician and drone whistleblower who appeared in the 2016 documentary “National Bird“
* Cian Westmoreland, former U.S. Air Force RF/SATCOM technician; in the 73rd EACS established signal relay at Kandahar base for manned/unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan
* Emran Feroz, Austrian Afghan journalist, and author of the book “Death at the push of a button: The true extent of the U.S. drone terror, or How murder could become a daily occurrence“; founder of the drone memorial (twitter.com/dronememorial)
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