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British forces in Afghanistan have used one of the world’s most deadly and controversial missiles to fight the Taliban.
Apache attack helicopters have fired the thermobaric weapons against fighters in buildings and caves, to create a pressure wave which sucks the air out of victims, shreds their internal organs and crushes their bodies.
ventually, they decided to get round the ethical problems by redefining the weapons.
“We no longer accept the term thermobaric [for the AGM-114N] as there is no internationally agreed definition,” said an MoD spokesman. “We call it an enhanced blast weapon.”
The redefinition has allowed British forces to use the weapons legally, but is undermined by the publicity of their manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, which markets them as thermobaric.
When the American military bought them in 2005, President George W Bush said: “There are going to be some awfully surprised terrorists when the thermobaric Hellfire comes knocking.”
Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out... and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel.... And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man" - with his mouth. ~Mark Twain
Originally posted by mattifikation
where they grow 99% of the world's opium supply.
These are people that overtook a country and subjugated it to a barbaric pseudo-government, erecting mansions for themselves and leaving the people to live in squalor and anarchy.
These guys aren't the Iraqis defending their homeland, these guys aren't the disgruntled Al-Qaeda fighters who are mad because the CIA checks stopped flowing, these guys are the real deal: Cold blooded terrorists who beheaded their way to the top of the power chain in Afghanistan and now they refuse to let go and give the people of that country a chance to live.
So they got the crap blown out of them for it. Big deal, cry me a river. Oh let me guess, next you'll whine that their were "innocent people" killed. Save it. Innocent people don't live in fortified caves with AK47's taking pot-shots at anyone who tries to grow real food instead of drugs.
Or maybe "Refuges had formed a preschool and hospital in the cave..."
Originally posted by Britguy
Incorrect. Under the Taliban, the growing of the drug crops was almost eradicated. Since the invasion, the crops and drug production levels are at all time highs. Kinda makes you wonder just WHO is profiting.
...and they did so with the blessing of the US and the UK who supplied them with all the money, training and weapons they needed to fight the evil Soviet invaders. Funny how things work out isn't it?
A bit like the current occupation of Iraq then really, where an installed puppet government is being used to sell the country off to large Western corporate interests, whether the people want it or not.
Don't apply the Western societal structure to these people. They have been living in tribal fiefdoms in that region for longer than many of our countries have been in existence. Not everyone lives in easily identifiable communal villages or townships and, quite often, live in remote areas. You seem to imply that anyone innocent, killed or maimed, had it coming for simply not living as we do.... how very ignorant!
Originally posted by Mad_Hatter
Most people seem to be missing the point here....
The point is not the issue of whether were killing the Taliban or not..
The issue is that the government is circumventing international law through loopholes.
If this becomes okay, then what will they do next? Sure, the Taliban is their target now, but what if its your country next?