Essay about Unmanned Drones: Immoral?

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Jordan Morris Dr. Flores Eng 103 February 27, 2013 Unmanned Drones: Immoral? I chose to research two articles that take opposing sides on the use of tactical unmanned aerial vehicle drones that are being used in combat over seas seeing as how there is so much controversy surrounding this topic in the news nowadays. “The unmanned aerial vehicle also known as UAV is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAV’s can be remote controlled or fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans” ( These unmanned “drones” are used in the military for a number of things including intelligence gathering and attacks terrorist groups. The first article is the better of the two when it comes to convincing the reader. Although…show more content…
He says, “Drones are neither autonomous killer robots nor sentient beings making life-or-death decisions. Yet, with the “Terminator”-like connotations of the term, it is easy to forget that these vehicles are flown via remote control by some 1,300 Air Force pilots. Drones are an evolution in military technology, not a revolution in warfare.” This statement is a prime example of Logos, the appeal to logic, because he takes a very straightforward approach to the topic at hand. He then goes on to use Ethos when addressing the statement, “Drones allow us to fight wars without danger.” Jacobson states that, “Drones should not give a false sense of security. The intelligence required for targeting may require U.S. boot on the ground.” This characterizes the idea of a community still being needed to gain information and do some “dirty work” for there to even be the need for a drone strike. In the second article “Drone Strikes: What’s the Law?” (LA Times) author Vicki Divoll discusses the execution of U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki by our government in a drone attack. Her article deals with the 5th Amendment’s admonition: No American citizen shall “be deprived of life, liberty or the property without due process of law.” Her style of writing is more like the Tolmin Model of Argument. This article had much more emotion involved which made the reader a lot more engaged in what the author was
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