By Bill Frilay.

Aspects of the use of drones – those remote-controlled small planes used by theUS and theUK to attack targets and for surveillance – have been questioned lately. Drones have been used increasingly by the US to target al-Qaeda in particular as well as the Taliban.

Like most forms of combat, the use of drones has ethical flaws and issues. But it seems to be one of those breakthrough weapons – like gunpowder and the musket in earlier times – which give the user a great advantage.

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Photo Offshore winds on the SS Gairloch shipwreck, by dcysurfer/Dave Young, flickr cc
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