By Eric Beasley
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s some things which really grind my gears. And no, I’m not talking about cucumbers this time.
Inconsistent values. It irks me to no end when people apply one set of values to one issues, and apply another set of values to another. So today, we’re going to talk about one of these changing value decisions made by the Theo-Cons of the Republican Primary.
How can you claim to be “pro-life” when you want to carpet bomb the Middle East and make the sand glow? “Pro-Life” Ted Cruz:
We will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.
First, we need to understand all the terms used in the question. What exactly is carpet bombing?
It’s something that our grandfathers did to the Germans, Italians, Japanese, and North Koreans long before our parents were a glimmer in our grandparents eyes. Our parents would have done it to the North Vietnamese, but not the population centers and cities like their parents did.
A large number of aircraft load up every bomb they can, they fly to an area, and drop their ordinance on that area. During WWII, carpet bombing was often used against industrial and manufacturing areas in an effort to slow down the Axis War Machine.
You probably did not learn about this in school, but the city of Hamburg was carpet bombed by the Allies in 1943. 3,000 allied aircraft were involved in the raid and literally created a 1,500 foot tall fire tornado in the city. Over 8 square miles were incinerated in the conflagration. That’s 1/3 the size of Frederick City limits. 42,000 people were killed, 37,000 injured, and 1,000,000 refugees were created from a single instance of carpet bombing. Was the raid with merit? Yes, Hamburg was a major military-industrial area and the war effort was reliant on slowing down German production capabilities. I cite these figures to give you an idea of what carpet bombing actually means.
Carpet bombing means the indiscriminate killing of people in a geographic area through sustained and intense explosive devices. Bombs cannot differentiate between civilians, military, or terrorists.
So now that we have established what carpet bombing actually is, how about making the sand glow?
Well, there’s only one type of ordinance that can make things glow. Nuclear.
We’ve all seen the videos, the distinctive mushroom cloud. Do you remember the pictures of the cities after the nuclear detonation?
There used to be a city there. Called Hiroshima. This was a first generation nuclear weapon. A modern weapon has over 3,000 times the explosive force. If you want to see the actual effects of a nuclear weapons, there’s a handy little map that you can play around with. A modern nuclear weapon has the energy to create a fireball that would engulf the entirety of Frederick City limits, collapse buildings from Walkersville to Middletown to New Market, and cause severe 3rd degree burns on people from Gaithersburg to Charles Town to Hagerstown to Sykesville.
Again, as with the above comments, I do not cite the horrors of nuclear weapons to say that the United States was wrong in using them. I cite it so you can understand what making the sand glow actually means.
Now that you fully understand the power and carnage that both carpet bombing and nuclear weapons can cause on civilization, here comes the real question:
How can you be pro-life when you are advocating for the indiscriminate bombing of civilian centers and the usage of nuclear weapons to “make the sand glow”?
I mean, you “pro-lifers” do realize that a nuclear conflagration does not barrel through a city and say to itself, “Oops, you’re an innocent civilian just trying to survive in the middle of a civil war. I’m going to skip over incinerating you and go incinerate that ISIS member over there.” Just as important, a nuclear weapon induced fireball does not skip over pregnant women. They get incinerated just like a building, asphalt, and ISIS.
Destroying ISIS is one thing. Destroying the entire region is another. Perhaps you Theo-Cons should try applying your pro-life logic to ISIS and only kill the terrorists, not the innocent and subjugated populace stuck in the middle of a civil war?