New Meetup: Quandaries – Outing Politicians and Terror in Response to Drones

From: Lee
Sent on: Friday, May 8, 2009 2:11 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Prague Spring, NYC Chapter!

What: Quandaries ? Outing Politicians and Terror in Response to Drones

When: May 19,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $7.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: (PLEASE NOTE Prague Spring is meeting over dinner at TAJ MAHAL on E.6th Street. A deposit is required to hold a seat for this meeting that includes a 4 course meal, otherwise we can not guarantee a seat at tables limited to 8 people. Please refer to the bottom of this post for more details.)

First we will cover the use of drone (pilotless) aircraft against a tecnhnologically backwards enemy. As the Afghani Taliban use the Pakistan border area for sanctuary, the U.S. responds with lethal attacks from Drone aircraft. One expert puts the efficacy at 2%, i.e., only one enemy is killed out of every 50 dead. While this keeps the U.S. from invading Pakistan, it leaves a resentful populace that takes sides with the enemy. Possibly worse, without an enemy to counterattack, does this technological superiority leave the combatants with little choice other than terrorism? In other words, if there is not military personnel on a front line, does that mean all enemies, whether military or civilian become reasonable targets?

In another moral quandary, we look at the opening of ?Outrage?, a movie ?outing? gay politicians. The political agenda of the filmmakers is to reveal gay politicians who have kept their sexual orientation secret and taken anti-gay stands. Is this appropriate treatment for hypocrites or is a politician?s private life off limits when gay activist don?t approve of their voting record? If a politician is supposed to represent his constituents of which a majority are against a pro-gay agenda, should his or her private life be part of the discussion? Are we therefore raising a question of intolerance of representation?

Reservation Policy: Please note that the $18 attendance fee includes a 4 course Indian dinner and covers the tax and tip too. (First time dinner attendees only pay $13 total including the deposit. Beverages are extra). To reserve a spot, you must make a $7 deposit through the PayPal link. The deposit allows us to plan on table sizes of 5-8 people, making for discussions that are neither too big nor too small.

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