Controlling such drones is doubtless a difficult skill that requires no little amount of training to master. But do you think these pilots, who are often nowhere near the battle, should be eligible for such decoration that once represented a risk of life and limb? Is this just an extension of traditional warfare and its recognitions into the remote-control age, or is it no different than video-game “achievements”? Or is it darker — is there something just unseemly about accolades for push-button devastation?
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