‘Charity and beating begins at home’

September 14, 2006

The New York Times carried this report: ‘Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before they are used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions in the international community over any possible safety concerns, said Secretary Michael Wynne. ”If we’re not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation,” said Wynne.’ Hmm. Makes perfect sense to me. No doubt, Tony Blair’s government will be following suit. And why stop there? ‘Nonlethal’ weapons, that’s for softies, let’s try out some serious kit. We have to replace Trident sometime soon, don’t we? (John Fletcher wrote that in ‘Wit without Money’ in around 1600. I’m preparing a modern version which will be more appropriate for recent events and will be called ‘Money without Wit’.)

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