I don't know what's worse in this New York Times story--the fact that the US wants to spent $502 billion on the Department of Defense next year (as opposed to $3 billion on fighting AIDS, for example), or the fact the US military is developing killer robot soldiers.

The person who authorizes both of these decisions will have a lot of explaining to do on judgement day.

Certainly the US nees to defend itself, and there's room in Christian theology to understand that.

There's no room for Hunter-Killer robots, like the ones described in this piece.

"They don't get hungry," said Gordon Johnson of the Joint Forces Command at the Pentagon. "They're not afraid. They don't forget their orders. They don't care if the guy next to them has just been shot. Will they do a better job than humans? Yes."

A soldier who gets hungry, is afraid, and is loyal to their comrades is one who will show mercy when an enemy surrenders, who will try and avoid killing innocents, and will be able to count the cost of war--who will know the terrible price it demands, even in the most noble circumstances.

An administration that wants to spend $127 billion on killer robots has no business calling itself Christian.


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