posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 07:18 AM
[I know this is off-topic, but I think it's relevant to the discussion. The following is directed at some of the posters in this thread representing
themselves as Americans.]
I am proud to be an American, but some of the posts in this thread are making it much harder to be proud to be an American than it need be.
For the love of God, countrymen, read the friggin' posts, gain awareness of something besides your own friggin' navels and buy a friggin'
vowel. This is not rocket science, yet some contributors to this thread seem incapable of grasping what the bloody hell is going on here.
Some of the posts above are inexcusably lame beyond reason, and possibly some of the most searing indictments of the U.S. public education system I
have ever witnessed. We need education reform, badly. I see that now.
Like I said, I'm proud to be an American, but there is a world outside the U.S., and believe it or not, there are some amazingly cool things out
there. There are, in fact, people in this world who are capable of doing things better than Americans, have greater skills than Americans and better
ideas than Americans. Honest to God, we're not the best at every damn thing on the planet. Hard to believe, I know, but it's true. Really. Look into
Perhaps you should educate yourselves about them, instead of reinforcing negative stereotypes about our nation and making us look like a bunch of
cross-eyed neanderthals. Ignorance and narcissism are greater threats to America than an innovative Swedish weapons system. So let's get our
priorities straight, okay?
Being an American does not require being oblivious to the world around you.
All I ask is this: If you are going to openly represent yourselves as Americans, would you please be so considerate as to not be total lame-asses
about it? If you must act like idiots, kindly expunge any references to my country from your signatures and represent yourselves as being citizens
of somewhere else, perhaps a fictional nation like Elbonia, or better yet, France.
Yes, the U.S. possesses a great deal of wealth and power, but absent intelligence or the barest clue, they are useless.
Please, my fellow Americans, show a little class, okay? Don't make it look so hard.
If you are proud to be an American, please behave as if being an American is something to be proud of.
[Now, regarding the topic]
In light of its political, cultural and economic environment, Sweden has managed to produce some surprisingly innovative and, occasionally,
revolutionary weapons systems. Many world-class ideas have originated in Sweden.
What the SEP project has accomplished may not be readily apparent to the casual observer, but it is significant. While armored platform modularity is
not a new concept, it looks to me like Alvis Hägglunds AB has managed to achieve this objective in extensive new ways. Whether or not it has done so
to a revolutionary degree remains to be seen, but the results look promising so far. Certainly, one of the measures of the success of a modular
weapons system is the extent to which it is adopted, applied and deployed.
As for AMOS, a modular, rapid-firing mortar seems ideally suited to the kinds of engagements Swedish forces are most likely to encounter. The high-arc
firing capability of the mortar allows for indirect fire in mountainous terrain and a much greater effective engagement range in forested areas where
line-of-sight weapons are limited.
All in all, looking very good. It will be interesting to see who picks up on this system.