Information from soldiers in Iraq and antiterrorist specialists in my milsim games groups say otherwise.
Most devices are timed, or even activated by remote if there's concern the bomber may chicken out. A friend who almost lost hearing permanently in
one ear and had his driver injured by a bomber in Iraq found that device and others were manually operated. Seems they don't trust the bomber to not
accidntally trigger a deadman by dropping the pickle or spoon too soon.
(two guys with M-16's and a mounted M-60 didn't stop the bomber until he was too close anyways. Basically the M-60 ground the guy up enough so he
couldn't get closer) None attempted a head shot because they were trained to react with a "center of mass" aiming response.
Devices in car bombs, or deployed in Malaysia and Africa were either simple electrically detonated devices manually fired, or IEDs with cell phone
You gotta remember the point of devices like this isn't reliability, tactical results, or efficiency-it's terror. A failed device causes almost as
much an effect. Also there's the psychology of the bombers. They want the ability to scream their war-cry and end it all with a definitive push
If the terrorists change plans and incorporate deadman switches, then the CNS (central nervous system) shot makes sense because it allows you to stop
the device before it gets to it's intended target. Destroy the guidance system, as it were, and the missile detonates elswhere. If a bomber is
heading for a train or an airplane, forcing the device to explode before it gets into the confined space, or airborne, will definitely cause less
casualties. On a plane, a small explosive kills everyone on board, hundreds. Set it off in a packed crowd and the same device kills half as many. Ugly
arithmetic, but if instead of losing 200 you lose 100, it's a good choice.
If a hundred dead is still too many, then blame the terrorists in the first place for bringing the device. Not the officer in charge who is going to
have to make that call, and suffer the guilt and the harassment from the Media after. I would not want to be in these officers' shoes.
Originally posted by Sistinas
what a bunch of pathetic idiots to place the lives of their community in the assumption that terrorists are too stupid or cheap to spend the $1.25 it
costs to manufacture a deadman switch. They must just like killing random people for sport.Hmmm, sounds like they are the terrorists.
[edit on 5-8-2005 by Phugedaboudet]