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"The drone wars seem pointless yet unstoppable. Their appeal to western leaders lies partly in their sheer novelty, partly in the hope they may make defeat less awful. They are like the USS New Jersey's shelling of Lebanon's Chouf mountains in 1984, a blood-thirsty display to cover withdrawal. The drone is not an aid to victory, but it eases the defeat its use has made more likely." Simon Jenkins - The Guardian
PS: As always, some pop culture knowledge. In 1984, Pierre Sadek - who was at this best then - did a caricature describing the USS New Jersey destroyer as "New Jera" ("Jersa" is a form of public humiliation).