Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


      Jonah Goldberg at The Corner on National Review pointed to a CBS News article from a year and a half ago, about laser weapons.

      The technical stuff was OK, but the rest!!!     
For example, it is unclear if the U.S. would use the laser to target people or restrict its use to hitting inanimate targets. It is not known whether lasers would be employed to defend or attack satellites.
Only liberals worry that it is bad to kill someone with a laser, but think it's OK to shoot them in the belly and let them die in agony.
      How will U.S. doctrine accommodate a weapon that can strike without detection possibly hundreds of miles away at relatively little cost? Since no other country is anywhere near developing a militarized solid-state laser, under what circumstances would the U.S. use it in a war?
Apparently, the objection is that it's not fair to use weapons that the other side doesn't have.  Again, a concern only of liberals.  By the way, CBS, we have cruise missiles that can strike without detection from hundreds of miles away.  Have you noticed how we use them?

      But the piece de resitance is undoubtedly this:
In most cases, the "law of war" requires discrimination and proportionality. While a laser could do a better job of discriminating between troops and civilians, it is unclear that its use could be proportional to any enemy threat.
That's too dumb to require comment.

      What is wrong with these people?



  • Self-hate?

    By Blogger Ralph, at 10:11 AM  

  • The one on the part of proportionality makes me wonder if we may have mistaken the Left. I'd forgotten that Plato's "philosopher king" idea from which all leftist movements are descended actually came about because Plato was a displaced aristocrat who saw an insistance on philosopher as rulers as a way of bringing back the power of aristocracy...

    So what is comes is that CBS and all the other liberals are trying to bring back feudalism and they long for the days when crossbowmen were hung and the lances of knights were measured to equal length. Sheesh! No wonder they danced to the tunes of "Camelot"! @_@

    By Blogger Towering Barbarian, at 5:28 PM  

  • Towering Barbarian:

          Hi, good to see you again.

          Yes, leftists have always, been elitists who wanted to rule. I've got a long essay/book review post brewing on that.

          And in various people's blogging about Europe and its differences with the U.S., I've come across quotes from Europeans that come down to "Well, naturally, the common people are idiots."

          I think a lot of anti-Americanism comes down to 'We hate this country because we're not in charge of it.'


    By Blogger Stephen M. St. Onge, at 7:31 PM  

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