Does the use of drones meet just war criteria? That depends on how you define your terms.
How might Christian communities take up war-making and peacemaking as acts of discipleship?
Drones expose the deficiencies of seeing war as a matter of annihilation. The rules of just war are more crucial than ever.
Nearly 50 years ago, Bob Dylan romped through a century of American warfare in his song “With God on Our Side.” From killing Indians to developing nuclear weapons, in Dylan’s view Americans acted with the hubris of knowing they had divine approval. After all, “You never ask questions / When God’s on your side.” Dylan’s verses didn’t mention the Revolutionary War, but they just as well could have.
So, Sen. Paul filibustered and received brief assurances that at least there are some limits to the Obama adminstration's policy of targeted assassination. Alex Kane—in a Short Imagined Monologue, one of my favorite features at McSweeney's humor site—spells out some others. I for one would be reassured if the White House actually said this.