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Picking on the New York Times, Redux.

February 1, 2012, 7:49 am

Drones for human rights, in Syria!

This sounds a lot like surveillance, and it would be. It would violate Syrian airspace, and perhaps a number of Syrian and international laws. It isn’t the kind of thing nongovernmental organizations usually do. But it is very different from what governments and armies do. Yes, we (like them) have an agenda, but ours is transparent: human rights. We have a duty, recognized internationally, to monitor governments that massacre their own people in large numbers. Human rights organizations have always done this. Why not get drones to assist the good work?

Surface to air missile:

A surface-to-air missile (SAM) or ground-to-air missile (GTAM) is a missile designed to be launched from the ground to destroy aircraft or other missiles. It is one type of anti-aircraft system; in modern armed forces missiles have replaced most other forms of dedicated anti-aircraft weaponry, with the anti-aircraft cannon pushed into niche roles.

The Syrian military appears to have more than 4000 of such missiles, and I suspect that they would have a few available in restive areas.

On the other hand, I did, in fact, read the entire op-ed, which is more than can be said for this morning’s crop.

Author Title Word or Phrase That Caused Me To Stop Reading and Hurl the Paper Against the Wall Number of Words I Actually Read
Friedman The Politics of Dignity “From: A traveler to Cairo and Moscow” 18
Dowd Who’s Tough Enough? “Obambi” 53
Nugent (not Ted, unfortunately) I Had Asperger Syndrome. Briefly “Briefly” 4
Hyman The House That George Romney Built Okay, I read the whole thing 647

(The category, by the way, is an Internet meme, repurposed for anything so appalling stupid it causes eye-bleeding.)

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