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Dragon Red

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Subj: My thoughts
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 at 03:48:08 pm CDT (Viewed 562 times)
Reply Subj: Why is one weapon worse than another?
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 at 02:10:45 pm CDT (Viewed 770 times)

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This business in Syria made me think, and having taken paracetamol for being forced to think, I now have to pose a question to the general populace.

Apparently, I say it like this because we can never be too sure can we? But, Apparently, we (USA, UK, some others), are involved in military action with Syria due to its use of chemical weapons and basically killing its own people.

I am not a fan of what is happening in Syria to its people but, there are regimes, dictators, despots, and tyrants all over the place. Who are also killing and maiming their own people, so, because Syria is using chemical based weapons, they get singled out among all others for military action. Why?

What is the difference between killing your people using a rocket filled with chemicals, vs killing them with a rocket filled with explosives? Since death, either way is the end result, why does one warrant military action, and the other, stern warnings and condemnation but no air strikes?


Chemical attacks are uncontrollable, less accurate and have the greater potential to hurt civilians.

A bomb is a bomb, but a targeted attack against a military installation is better than targeting a shopping mall or a school.

It's also the nature of suffering.

In Bosnia, there were mines which were designed to maim, not kill. They were designed to be less powerful - think of a 4 man squad - typically Corporal (in charge), Lance Jack (2i/c), Medic and a Heavy Gunner.

1 of them dies, they carry on. One of them loses his leg and the whole squad now have a heavily maimed guy they have to protect and get back to camp.

It's the tactics, not necessarily the weapons.





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