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February 22, 2010

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Ted Weitz

The story is interesting, but you are off on your time line. Ball turret gunners were not first world war but WWII. It was a very high risk position among the already high risk bomber crews.

Bill Herrick

I don't think it will become too detached that it becomes like fantasy (at least not in the next 50 years). Despite all the technological advances, there will always be a necessity for boots on the ground (just as there was in the day of the ball turret gunner).

However, there is also an interesting psychological effect of these operations that has not been seen on this scale before. Regardless of the distance, it is impossible not to realize you are ending a human life - which requires a certain "war mentality" to do so without psychological damage. Yet at the end of every day, these drone pilots go home and have dinner with their families- and ostensibly discuss such routine topics as school, bills, etc. The mental gymnastics required to contastantly shift from war front to home front is relatively unque - and is not necessarily healthy as there is a certain necessity of being isolated from the concerns of home in order to be properly focused on the fight.

Michael J. Farley, Esq.

I remember reading that poem (and the others in that collection) when I was in my teens, and that line has always stuck with me. It made me realize that war was not like it was depicted in the movies - your post suggests that now it has become a TV show.

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