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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Funny isn't it, how blowing someone's head off with a bullet is fine, but blowing them up en masse with a bomb, isn't. Ethics are weird things.
    I think it has to do with the fact that you can use a gun without necessarily killing an innocent bystander. That's virtually impossible with large bombs. The killing of civilians is inevitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    I'm also a little amused, in that the thread is about the British using the technology, yet a number of responses are about the US having them, owning them or using the american "we". Noone has commented on the Brits, heh.
    It is just because the latest story is about the British admitting to their use? So the news story is about the UK but most responders in this thread are from USA so that is where their focus is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Funny isn't it, how blowing someone's head off with a bullet is fine, but blowing them up en masse with a bomb, isn't. Ethics are weird things.
    Heh, this is what I was thinking too. War is hell no matter how you look at it. On the other hand certain weapons like poison gas were outlawed in the Geneva conventions. I wonder if the military would view thermobaric weapons in a similar light.
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    I consider the dropping of the A-bombs on Japanese civilians to be murder, and I'm not big on bombing in general. What is the blast radius on something like this?

    EDIT: I am still fascinated by war, military history, and weaponry. Just hate the reality of what war does to people.
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    It's the controller of the weapon, not the weapon itself, that matters. The Taliban have received all manner of invitations to scatter and give up, very few questions asked, their ambitions for selective, eager and compulsive murder of defenseless people -- be it obliterating school-going little girls or the presumptively beardless.

    Contrast that with the Briton bombardiers who'd rather be back home or at the very least, doing something someplace else. The weapon would sit in a warehouse sempiternally, never to be used unless someone with the mindset of the Taliban got hold of it.

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