Thanks to Adrian L for the links!
BRITISH forces in Afghanistan have used one of the world’s most deadly and controversial missiles to fight the Taliban.
Apache attack helicopters have fired the thermobaric weapons against fighters in buildings and caves, to create a pressure wave that sucks the air out of victims, shreds their internal organs and crushes their bodies. The Ministry of Defence has admitted to the use of the weapons, condemned by human rights groups as “brutal”, on several occasions, including against a cave complex.
The use of the Hellfire AGM-114N weapons had been deemed so successful they would now be fired from RAF Reaper unmanned drones controlled by “pilots” at Creech air force base in Nevada, an Defence Ministry spokesman added. Thermobaric weapons, or vacuum bombs, were first combat-tested by the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s and their use by Russia against civilians in Chechnya in the 1990s was condemned worldwide.
Source: The Australian News
The BU family should be aware that Barbados exist in a global space. Although our influence on global foreign policy is non-existent, we are world citizens and good sense dictates that we should have more than a cursory knowledge of events in the global arena. Thanks to BU family member Carson Cadogan we felt compelled to highlight the story quoted above.
While we can all marvel at the wonders of modern invention this story has struck a nerve in the BU household. Did you read the quote above which is highlighted in blue? It has become fashionable in the current world order, specifically the USA and the UK to adopt the same cold war tactics which they previously condemned. Does the UK or USA for that matter have the moral authority to lead the world in the face of such a blatant violation of human rights?