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Alex

He's confusing a dirty nuke with an enhanced radiation weapon, aka neutron bomb.

The ERW concept was all about "so you really want to stop this Soviet armoured brigade, but you're worried about fallout killing most of West Germany and you think you might need that river to stay in its bed where centuries of hydraulic engineering put it. here's an airburst nuke with very high burnup and low yield, that puts all its energy into initial radiation, thus hopefully frying the Soviet tankists in their seats without reconfiguring the landscape too much or spraying the Ruhrgebiet and you with deadly fission fragments."

so, a sort of studiedly reasonable euro-atlantic psychotic mass killing device.

A dirty nuke/cobalt-bomb, well, that's what you want if you want to literally salt the fields with long-lived fallout, or indeed destroy humanity.

There was a sort of cottage industry in "how can we find a use for tactical nuclear bombs in South-East Asian counterinsurgency" in the 60s. Hence this awesomely jamiespheric video from the Australian archives: http://aso.gov.au/titles/sponsored-films/operation-blowdown/clip1/

Operation Blowdown, in which we let off 100 tonnes of HE in the Cape York rainforest to...see what happens. You get to see the explosion.

Chris Williams

I have never seen the case for a mandatory retirement ago for the Lords stated with such force and clarity as here. Top marks to the insane old genocidal buffoon on that score.

coldglass

Wasn't there a similar suggestion during the Korean War? Something about using radioactive waste to seal off North Korea?

Alex

Did anyone else see the news story over the weekend that the Lords will soon be the biggest legislative chamber in the world - more of them than the NPC, more than the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha added together? I was furious, but you know, the solution to pollution is dilution...

johnf

Jesus Christ. Does no one have the fear of God in them any longer?

Barry Freed

It's the only way to be sure.

ajay

Wasn't there a similar suggestion during the Korean War? Something about using radioactive waste to seal off North Korea?

My thoughts exactly. Lots of cobalt-60 or caesium-137 along the Yalu River to cut off Chinese reinforcements, as far as I remember.

And just in case you're thinking "oh, but that was MacArthur, he was nuts", check this:http://hnn.us/articles/9245.html


"In interviews published posthumously, MacArthur said he had a plan that would have won the war in 10 days: "I would have dropped 30 or so atomic bombs . . . strung across the neck of Manchuria." Then he would have introduced half a million Chinese Nationalist troops at the Yalu and then "spread behind us -- from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea -- a belt of radioactive cobalt . . . it has an active life of between 60 and 120 years."

Crazy old Doug, right? No wonder they replaced him with Ridgway.

Oh, wait:

"Although Ridgway said nothing about a cobalt bomb, in May 1951, after replacing MacArthur as US commander in Korea, he renewed MacArthur's request of 24 December, this time for 38 atomic bombs."

guthrie

And obviously in a mountainous area you'll be able to spread bombs like confetti because nothing stops neutrons, not even a mountain of rock, oh wait, it does.

It does also illustrate how much (more) labour is a home for imperialists and kill the brown people sorts than it aught perhaps to be. Apparently he's now 85, so he was appointed minster for Defence procurement under Blair when he was about 70? I wonder what Tony saw in him?

ajay

It does also illustrate how much (more) labour is a home for imperialists and kill the brown people sorts than it aught perhaps to be.

Certainly it's always been home to a fairly large chunk of bombers. "We've got to have it, and it's got to have a bloody Union Jack on it". And let's not forget our friends in the Proletarian Bomb movement over at Workers' Girder...

Doug

‘borders where people are causing trouble’

Let's hope that nobody from Plymouth gets duffed up in Saltash by Cornish nationalists.

Strategist

‘borders where people are causing trouble’ as a nuclear opportunity.

My vote is for what our local estate agent calls "Maida Vale borders".

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