|Barked: Fri Oct 10, '08 4:03pm PST |
They will not just be dropped down without handlers and left to roam the land on their own. They will be strapped to the handlers, which isn't really any more dangerous than being airlifted in a sling by helicoptor. These dogs are bred to work, to protect and serve, just as the soldiers are over there doing. Yes, it is dangerous for both, but so is the everyday police work these dogs do. Even SAR dogs have risky jobs,sometimes having to go in an area to find someone when their owner can't.
Robots may sound like an safe alternative choice, but you have to think of things such as terrain. They haven't really made robots that can climb rocks. There may be sand they get bogged in, or debris they cannot manuever around. There are flying air drones that at first sound like a better option., but they can only observe from above and cannot enter structures or caves. Robots have no sense of smell to locate a nearby enemy.
The dogs may not have a choice of going in to the battlefield, but for anyone who has ever seen a handler working with their dog, I think they would agree that if these dogs could speak for themselves, they would let out a resounding "YES". It is a noble deed these dogs are doing, and some person took it upon themselves to make this a negative image and skew the news around. They are not going to starve without handlers, or be left to roam around getting shot. They will perform dangerous duties such as clearing out houses, just like they do for todays police services. They will save many human lives, and come back heroes for those who worked with them. I will not sign.
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