Drone Warfare

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Concerning the issue of drone warfare we run into a problem with international laws as well as our own laws. This issue arises do to the fact that there are no laws that specifically apply to drone warfare. Is it legal for the president to call a drone strike on a potential target, in a country that we are not currently fighting, without the consent of congress? does it violate the Geneva convention or international law? It has been the policy of the current administration to use drones without any consultation or consent of congress, even when the strikes were in countries that we are not at war with. It has been said that the president is given a list of names and he decides who on the list they will kill, whether this is completely true or not it is true that some of the strikes are against people that are just suspected of terrorism. many of these strikes had civilian casualties. The Oxford Research Group says that "an important difference between the law of armed conflict and the law enforcement model is that while the former requires civilian casualties to be proportional to the military advantage gained, the latter generally does not accept casualties of innocent bystanders at all."( Knoops703) What this is saying is that, in a military action civilian casualties can in some cases be exectable as long as what you gain is worth it. However the definition of International armed conflict is "the use of armed force between two opposing states." (Knoops704) A person could argue that we are not fighting an opposing state, and so civilian casualties are unacceptable. But is it legal? If we look at international law we can see a problem. Though there is no law specifically applying to drones, there are laws about entering o... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited " Knoops, Geert-Jan Alexander. "Legal, Political And Ethical Dimensions Of Drone Warfare Under International Law: A Preliminary Survey." International Criminal Law Review 12.4 (2012): 697-720. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Vogel, Ryan J. "Drone Warfare And The Law Of Conflict." Denver Journal Of International Law & policy39.1 (2011): 101-138. Academic Search Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Robbins, Carla Anne. "The Trouble With Drones." Bloomberg Businessweek 4317 (2013): 4-5. Business Source Complete. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. "Human Rights Groups Say Drone Strikes Violate Laws of War." Fox News. FOX News Network, n.d. Web. 25 "Remarks by the President at the National Defense University." The White House. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Nov. 2013. "International Law 'not Equipped' to Deal with Drone Attacks." IBA -. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.
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