This Conversation Between Two Drone Pilots Is Really Sad

Spiegel's Nicola Abé wrote a very interesting story on the woes of an American drone operator. It includes the conversation between two drone pilots, right after they fired a Hellfire missile only to see a kid appear on their screens a second before impact.

"Did we just kill a kid?" he asked the man sitting next to him.

"Yeah, I guess that was a kid," the pilot replied.

"Was that a kid?" they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn't know answered, someone sitting in a military command centre somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. "No. That was a dog," the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?

Terrifying. No wonder drone pilots are burning out. [Spiegel]

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