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September 12, 2007

The Father of All Bombs

So:

Russia has delivered a belligerent message of defiance to the West after army generals claimed to have tested "the father of all bombs".

Developed in secret, the unchristened bomb, a vacuum device capable of emitting shockwaves as powerful as a nuclear weapon, was unveiled with great theatre on state television's main evening broadcast.

A larger fuel air bomb then?

Wonder how this will get spun. Is it evidence of Russia's increasing might? Evidence of their increasing aggression? Or a natural response to the hegemon's building of the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB)?

The last would have the value of making it all America's fault.

I have to admit, there's one thing I'm really not sure about in this geopolitics thing. We're endlessly told that having a unipolar world is a bad thing, we should have a multi-polar one. But as far as I can see the latter requires that the various different power centres compete with each other in the power of their military technologies. Is that what we really want, a new arms race, in order to be free of American cultural imperialism( TM) ?

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"Despite its destructive qualities, the bomb is environmentally friendly, Gen Rushkin said."

Some difficulties may be faced greening this particular product but when one eradicates an entire city, one despises leaving about a great deal of waste and half-dead people

Posted by: david | Sep 12, 2007 9:16:40 AM

Gotta love that mention of nanotechnology. The bomb is also Web 2.0 compliant and has its own Facebook page - probably.

A crappy old lo-tech weapon like this is being publicised:
a) to scare the remaining residents of Grozny
b) because all their nuclear scientists have buggered off to the West
c) they've found something else to do with the oil now they've pissed off all their customers

Posted by: windowlicker | Sep 12, 2007 10:36:24 AM

So to summarise, having "won" the Cold War, the West has now pumped enough cash Russia's way to allow them to re-structure and have a re-match on a firmer economic footing, and with control of 25% of Europe's oil supply ?

Posted by: Infoholic UK | Sep 12, 2007 10:43:00 AM

It's really sad. Surely, there are better domestic programmes to spend energy revenues on than armaments?

According to this, average life expectancy in Russia is 65.9 years compared with 78.7 years in Britain and 79.9 years in France. The infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births is 11.1 for Russia, compared with 5 for Britain and 4.2 for France.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004393.html

Posted by: Bob B | Sep 12, 2007 11:20:44 AM

We're endlessly told that having a unipolar world is a bad thing, we should have a multi-polar one.

Undoubtedly much like that of pre World War I. Unfortunately its very multipolar nature caused the war, so I was taught in history lessons.

Posted by: Serf | Sep 12, 2007 11:26:43 AM