Tuesday, June 24, 2008


QUGNOOS British troops have used missiles in Afghanistan which suck the air out of human targets, shred their internal organs and crush their bodies, according to a leading British newspaper. The Hellfire missiles, also known as vacuum bombs, are condemned by human rights groups as "brutal".

Britain's Ministry of Defence admitted to the London Times newspaper that its soldiers had fired the controversial thermobaric weapons, used to kill fighters in buildings and caves, from Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan. . .

Human Rights Watch says the weapons are "brutal" and that their blast "makes it virtually impossible for civilians to take shelter".


At June 24, 2008 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article makes the common mistake of assuming people in the UK and US actually care about civilian casualties. One million civilians dead in Iraq so far, and all most Americans care about is paying a few cents more for gasoline.

At June 25, 2008 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Force is a physical power; I do not see what morality can result from its effects. To yield to force is an act of necessity, not of will; it is at utmost an act of prudence. In what sense can it be a duty?

Let assume for a moment this pretended right. I say that nothing results from it but inexplicable nonsense; for if force constitutes right, the effect changes with the cause, and any force which overcomes the first succeeds to its rights.

...If a brigand should surprise me in the recesses of a wood, am I bound not only to give up my purse when forced, but am I morally bound to do so when I might conceal it? For , in effect, the pistol which he holds is a superior force.
Let us agree, then, that might does not make right, and that we are bound to obey none but lawful authorities. Thus my original question ever recurs."
---Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract and Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

At June 25, 2008 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, “Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”

At June 25, 2008 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will aver that some of the most intelligent, insightful people I've ever met would describe themselves as religious, I myself prefer the word spiritual. I think it's sophomoric to lump all religious persons together. However, I'm appalled by those who claim to have the ear of God and are clearly into vindictiveness and retribution while ignoring cautions against pronouncing judgement and are apparently complete strangers to compassion. Still I think this quote from the Arkansas Times (arktimes.com) is funny.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor appears in the trailer for Bill Maher's coming film on God and religion, “Religulous.” After Maher poses a question about electing politicians who believe in a talking snake (a Biblical reference in case you didn't know), Pryor comes on the screen and comments, “You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.”


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