Yesterday was the opening day of the big drones exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum. The Drones Quilt Project was to have been the counterbalance to the glorification of combat drones, but it was rejected at the last minute, because there wasn’t enough space. Now that the exhibit is open, it is obvious that the reason to renege on the DQP was completely political, and had nothing to do with square footage. The exhibit totally ignores the death and destruction wrought by combat drones, yet it was able to find space to display Lady Gaga’s “drone dress.”
To make matters worse, the New York Times reported on the exhibit with a lengthy article: http://tinyurl.com/le6hz4f The title of the article is “Drones Kill, Yes, but They Also Rescue, Research and Entertain. The NTY seems to believe that their readers are already fully informed about how drones kill, because it says nothing more about it.
In another example of one-sided emphasis, the museum will be hosting a special event featuring the authors of the book “Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier’s Inside Account of the Hunt for America’s Most Dangerous Enemies” by Brett Velicovich and Christopher Stewart. “For nearly a decade, Brett Velicovich was at the center of America’s new warfare: using unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—to take down the world’s deadliest terrorists across the globe. In Drone Warrior, he shares his harrowing experiences with Pulitzer Prize–winning Wall Street Journal writer Christopher S. Stewart. Hear Velicovich and Stewart discuss their captivating book and the experiences recounted within.”
This exhibit would have been the perfect opportunity to educate and inform the public about the real damage drone warfare does–the thousands of men, women and children who have been killed, the destruction of their property, the mental torture imposed on people living below their patrols, the emotional toll on American drone operators who are now suffering from PTSD. The damage is so deep and incalculable, maybe they don’t have space enough after all.