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The US's fleet of murder robots is not even trying to spare civilians anymore, it turns out. Good to have that out in the open.

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Go ahead and do what you do, murderbot.

The US’s fleet of murder robots is not even trying to spare civilians anymore, it turns out. Good to have that out in the open.

After a US Tomahawk missile struck the Syrian village of Kafr Dalian, killing up to a dozen civilians, including women and children, the White House admitted that that is exactly what missiles are supposed to do and we’re not that fussed about it.

Last year President Obama announced that he would bar using drone strikes unless there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed. Today Central Command admitted that that policy was only for drone strikes “outside areas of active hostilities” and does not apply in the current conflicts in Iraq and Syria. “That description — outside areas of active hostilities — simply does not fit what we are seeing on the ground in Iraq and Syria right now,” spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said.

Cool, so we will try our best not to bomb civilians, unless we are bombing “active hostilities.” I guess. Under that strict policy, you could bomb any Red Sox game.

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