Man in the Loop

 
 

The drone is aptly named:
Predator.
No pilot risks
death or capture
as this craft
flies high
over a
remote
Afghan village,
loaded
with cameras
and laser-guided
weapons.

At a console
in Nevada,
using a controller
like a videogame,
an operator
targets
a building
in that village
and releases
a bomb.
There is a flash
and as the image returns
he sees a rag doll
tumbling
to fall
in front
of rubble
that was
the building.
That image
stays in his mind,
as well as
on the video
recording,
as he shuts off
 his console
and walks
to his car
in the parking lot.

The next day
with his family
he sees
an evening news story
about a strike
that killed
twelve Afghans
including one
suspected
Taliban
fighter.
Screaming women
are on the screen.

He knows
tonight
there will be
more
bad
dreams.

 

 

 
     
 

© 2009  Michael Yanega
27  January 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

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