The Politics of Embodiment in Precision Warfare
Chapter 5 addresses a practice of violence referred to as precision warfare, in which virtually risk-free pilots and drone operators use precision weapons systems that target both buildings and individuals and result in foreseeable but accidental deaths of civilians. The author argues that it is not the physical and psychological distance between soldiers and their targets, or the replacement of the humans with technology, that enables this form of warfare. Rather, it is the redefinition of human bodies in terms of the “posthuman” that makes possible the political conditions of life and death for both the targets and civilians. Specifically, the attempted (but ultimately incomplete) transformation of the human body into an information processor enables a certain moral and political calculus of which bodies “count.”
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