NAZARETH // It is called Spot and Shoot. Operators sit in front of a TV monitor from which they can control the action with a PlayStation-style joystick.
The aim: to kill.
Played by: young women serving in the Israeli army.
Spot and Shoot, as it is called by the Israeli military, may look like a video game but the figures on the screen are real people – Palestinians in Gaza – who can be killed with the press of a button on the joystick.
The female soldiers, located far away in an operations room, are responsible for aiming and firing remote-controlled machine-guns mounted on watch-towers every few hundred metres along an electronic fence that surrounds Gaza.
The system is one of the latest “remote killing” devices developed by Israel’s Rafael armaments company, the former weapons research division of the Israeli army and now a separate governmental firm.
According to Giora Katz, Rafael’s vice president, remote-controlled military hardware such as Spot and Shoot is the face of the future. He expects that within a decade at least a third of the machines used by the Israeli army to control land, air and sea will be unmanned.
The demand for such devices, the Israeli army admits, has been partly fuelled by a combination of declining recruitment levels and a population less ready to risk death in combat.
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E obligatoriu sa simti rafinamentul israelian al fiintei in aceste zile si sa fii escroc international in slujba razboiului pentru pacea universala, progres, tehnologie si transumanism. Toti trebuie sa il asteptam pe Mesia ca sa aduca pacea in Orientul Mijlociu, chiar daca Israel nu e in NATO si Occidentul nu are nicio legatura cu Al Treilea Razboi Mondial dintre evrei si lumea musulmana.
Soldatii americani sunt antrenati bine, dar cateodata omul mai oboseste, deci sa-i descarcam mintea in computere ca sa nu mai oboseasca.
Nici placinta americana nu mai e facuta in America, ci in… Shanghai.
Homofobule, armata nu tolereaza discriminarea!
A fost odata ca niciodata o tara dezvoltata pe nume America… azi e China peste tot.
Rasismul si-a schimbat fata: e intelectualizat, mascat si tehnologizat. Si pro-war, mai ales.
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