US forces in Afghanistan dropped the largest non-nuclear ‘Mother of all bombs’ GBU-43B on an ISIL-Khorasan cave complex in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. This is the first use of the bomb on the battlefield. It is not a penetrator weapon and is primarily intended for soft to medium surface targets covering extended areas and targets in a contained environment such as a deep canyon or within a cave system. The history of the US tells a tale of immense use of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons and now the non-nuclear for killing opponents. In World War I, the US Air Forces twice, on August 6, 1945, detonated a Uranium gun-type bomb and on August 9, a plutonium implosion-type fission bomb over Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The bombings resulted in the deaths of approximately 200,000 civilians and military personnel from acute injuries sustained from the explosions. Current US President Donald Trump is admiring the US’ recent 59 missiles attack on Syria in retaliation of the use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict. Unfortunately, the so-called civilised world has made huge reserves of weapons of mass destruction. It is crystal clear that destruction of the world lies in the hands of cultured, educated and refined nations.
Engr Mansoor Ahmed