The infrared sensors and high-resolution cameras affixed to drones made it possible to pick up… details from an office in Virginia. But… identifying who was in the cross hairs of a potential drone strike wasn’t always straightforward… The figures on-screen often looked less like people than like faceless gray blobs.
As is anyone we attack without reason or provocation on Facebook or Twitter. That’s why the military calls it “collateral damage.” That’s government speak for those poor sots who happened to be stupid enough to be in the way of an incoming missile. Say, out picking potatoes. Getting water. Trying to live their lives in spite of having a war heaped upon them. Stupid sots. Indeed. In this precise way, and I love your analogy here, the Internet is indeed a war zone.