Posted by: thescoundrel | August 14, 2007

The Sword enters Modern Warfare

War is a brutal and cruel part of human existence. It is a series of events that follows political failure and inability to coexist with differing cultures. It has been a part of mankind’s history from its earliest beginnings. The rationale of war has been debated throughout the millennia and though general deliberations agree that war is horrific it is still a widespread element of human existence. Mankind has always had a need/thirst for bloodshed and that is not likely to change.

I have expressed my opinion previously about technology advances where we find more efficient ways to kill each other while also better protecting our soldiers and civilians. The Discovery channel has programming, Future Weapons, that allows us civilians a look in to the modern technology of warfare. The most recent wartime advances we witnessed were the smart bombs we used to limit civilian “collateral damage” during our military air-strikes. We also have been implementing robots to check for roadside and car bombs in Iraq. This is an improved safety option for our soldiers. The military is in the process of applying similar robots in a new combat role. Similar to something you would see from a movie like “Terminator” we are deploying armed robots called the Talon Sword, that can be ran by individuals with remote control that can actually wage war similar to a foot soldier. It is appropriate and good news that we have found ways to protect our soldiers when we feel the need to engage in war. The thing we need to keep in mind as we tech our war ability are the statements made by bomber pilots during the Vietnam War. Their statements alluded that killing from a plane with bombs was much easier because you never saw their faces of those you killed. We must never mask the human loss equation we generate when we choose to employ military options; it degrades our will to resist our warrior nature to destroy and kill. War should always be a policy of exception and not a comfortable decision.



  1. You’re both right and wrong. Right because it does take a lot more will and a lot more commitment to kill someone “up close and personal”. Wrong because the people who send soldiers to war aren’t there getting their hands dirty.

  2. Though in early history it was not uncommon for leaders of countries to join in in warfare, it has not been the case in modern history. That has been true with the USA since its birth. Although most Presidents have been members of the military at some point in their lives. There will always be leaders that will take their country into warfare. The power to make that decision is one of the responsibilities that goes with the job. How each individual handles the anguish of sending soldiers to their death – no doubt varies. But that is true of even military hierarchy. The mental scars after such decisions I imagine can be horrendous. I could not imagine ever having to make decisions such as those by Lincoln/Grant or Roosevelt/Eisenhower before they sent thousands of USAmericans to their death. I assume it would leave any normal human traumatized. Killing fellow humans is not something to be taken casually, even ones you might despise. That is what has always bothered me about high-tech warfare, it takes away a lot of the gruesomeness of war and lessens the traumatization. When killing is made less horrifying it desensitizes the mind and makes killing much easier. In many way the operation of the Sword of Talon will be like playing a video game, except there will be real blood spilled.

  3. The operation of Sword, Predator (armed variant) and the new Reaper are exactly like playing a video game. Video game and RC vehicle (the toys!) are prerequisites for the MOS.

  4. This is the area that worry me where we start to lose track of killing for survival and killing for sport. It is all too easy to kill when you no longer smell, feel, touch or look in the eyes of your enemy to see they are as afraid of dying as you are.

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