Ayodele Oyebanji Written by Ayodele Oyebanji · 1 min read >

The film, Good Kill dealt with drone warfare, but it focused on the aftershocks faced by a Navy pilot on a murderous mission. Eye in the Sky is the first film to take us inside a top-secret drone operation, involving a large group of British and American soldiers, military commanders, politicians, and lawyers. It is a captivating polemic film directed by Gavin Hood that highlights the ethically challenging scenarios of the drone war.

In the film’s opening moments, we encounter Alia (Aisha Takow), a nine-year-old girl who lives in a Nairobi slum with her parents. While her mother, Fatima (Faisa Hassan), bakes bread for her to sell on the streets, she twirls a hula hoop built for her by her handyman father (Armaan Haggo). He tells her not to play with it in front of any of his religiously zealous clients who are against such things.

The protagonists were torn between killing the leaders of a terrorist network (Islamic group Al Shabaab) planning a major operation in Kenya that could claim up to 80 lives by dropping a hellfire missile on them and risking the life of a 9-year-old girl, Alia, who was selling bread outside the compound occupied by the terrorists.

Colonel Powell’s unwavering desire to arrest – or eliminate – the terrorists who have escaped her for years, inflicting so much death and destruction, particularly a British white woman named Susan Helen Danford, aka Ayesha Al-Hady, is what struck me the most.

She appears to have intended to change the mission from “capture” to “kill” from the start, since she appeared dissatisfied when targeteer Sergeant Mushtaq Saddiq informed her that she would only receive two “Hellfire” missiles for her mission, hinting that the GBU- 12 missiles had been removed.

The team at Cabinet office briefing room COBR(A) was a diverse group of people (From Legal, Politics, diplomas, and the military) with different perspectives of viewing the situation referring to decision-making up rather than making the decision.

Eye in the Sky shows how drones have transformed everything we have ever thought or felt about war, technology, and the value of the lives of innocent non-combatants. I was also able to learn about the features of high-pressure workplaces in terms of decision-making, such as a lack of time to adequately assess a problem or a tendency to make conclusions based on our biases rather than facts.

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