Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, confirmed last week that Israel shot down a drone that entered its airspace from the Mediterranean Sea. Chilling about the revelation was the origin of the craft: Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese organization, which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization. Its leader promised the drone, designed in Iran and assembled in Lebanon by Hezbollah experts, was not the first, and will not be the last, to target Israel.
U.S. forces have deployed drones to devastating effect in the Middle East, their versatility not lost on other governments and rogue organizations. Hezbollah has just demonstrated the growing risks as others point to U.S. reliance on drones to justify their own use of this technology of war.