Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

It starts with pizza

Did this just fall from the sky? (Free for Use Photo by Horizon Content from Pexels)

I, like many other people, did not pay much attention to an item in the Times of Israel a few weeks ago.

Pizza Hut Israel to trial drone deliveries this summer (TOI 23 January 2021)

This important news item, that could have major implications for all our lives, was hidden out of the way under the section marked Food.

The government, of course, has an interest in pizza delivery and will have to approve the designated landing areas.

But while these drones may help to fatten our stomachs as well as the pizza companies’ bank accounts, there are many hidden downsides.

We learn that Iran is building a drone force using technology from US and Israeli drones that have fallen over Syria or other countries in the region.

Will that drone, carrying a box marked Pizza to some bored soldiers guarding an air force base, actually be carrying a bomb.

Could a drone, armed with a gun, fly alongside our prime minister’s car as he is driven home from yet another coronavirus meeting. Drones have shown their ability to bring havoc and death. In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen drone attacks have killed up to 12,000 people, many of them civilians.

The blonde next door enjoys naked sunbathing, or so I have been told — I have no personal knowledge of this. Will she find herself starring on YouTube after a camera-equipped drone has flown over?

Drones are becoming more and more sophisticated and more and more intrusive. Drones are now equipped with facial recognition software, infrared technology, and microphones that can listen to our private conversations. This is an unprecedented invasion of our right to privacy. Pop-out into the garden for a quiet chat with the blonde next door; someone knows who you are and what you are saying.

Most drones are not silent. Our quiet afternoons snoozing in the garden will be ruined by the noise of drones flying to and fro.

A long time ago, back in the 1500s, someone came up with the slogan Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos — whoever owns the soil, it is theirs all the way to heaven and all the way to hell. Unfortunately, in today’s world it is not that easy. Searching the internet for a ruling on the simple question, can a drone fly over my house and private garden, I quickly found the answer – nobody knows.

Overall, the price we are paying for having a pizza land in our garden is unimaginably high. We are just beginning to find out just how much damage drones are doing to our lives.

Sorry if I’ve droned on a bit …………….

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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