Equally discomforting is the PlayStation mentality that surrounds drone killings. Young military
personnel raised on a diet of video games now kill real people remotely using joysticks. Far
removed from the human consequences of their actions, how will this generation of fighters
value the right to life? How will commanders and policy makers keep themselves immune from
the deceptively antiseptic nature of drone killings? Will killing be a more attractive option than
capture? Will the standards of intelligence gathering justify a killing slip? Will the number of
acceptable collateral civilian deaths increase?
Prepared under the supervision of Mr Gus Waschefort at the International criminal court, The Hague, Netherlands
Thesis (LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa)) -- University of Pretoria, 2011.