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Fighting to the last Iraqi

by Elco B Sat Mar 4th, 2006 at 04:03:03 PM EST

Well, that could lead to the following picture :


My son is working in Brussels as a (civil) aviation engineer.  So everything that has something to do with something that possible can fly takes my attention ( or sometimes distracts me).
Last december I did read a report from Dahr Jamail about the under-reported air war.

Yesterday AP, by the same reporter who broke the story of Vietnam's My Lai massacre,  came with the message that the US is moving some of his C-130 gunschips to Iraq.  With the ongoing pressure on Bush to bring back home the troops, the military is shifting to more and heavier weaponry.  No more soldiers needed : now it is " dead from above".

                     

The AC-130H is produced at a cost of $132.4 million U.S. Dollars, and the AC-130U is produced at a cost of $190 million U.S. Dollars (fiscal 2001 constant dollars). Currently there are eight AC-130H and thirteen AC-130U aircraft in active duty service.

The fire control system offers a Dual Target Attack capability, whereby two targets up to one kilometer apart can be simultaneously engaged by two different sensors, using two different guns. No other air-ground attack platform in the world offers this capability.

               

The above is the cone of fire created by tracers from a gunship attacking targets in Vietnam. The canons from today give a more dense patern.

For those interested in more detail Google for C-130 and you get more links than than you ever can read.

What is it for society that can mobilise money, people and traing for them, engineers and designers, pilots , all sorts of operators to deploy such killing machines?

Bonus photo added to diary by DoDo: photo from the comments with changed URL

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Thanks Elco

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat Mar 4th, 2006 at 04:40:13 PM EST
What is it for society that can mobilise money, people and traing for them, engineers and designers, pilots , all sorts of operators to deploy such killing machines?
Remember, "we are defending our way of life, which is not negotiable".

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 4th, 2006 at 05:29:04 PM EST
Yeah, heard that too,  from some guy called president of the USA.There about 295 millions of Americans :  how many doe believe him ?

             

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sat Mar 4th, 2006 at 06:30:06 PM EST
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Wow... do you have a link and a sotry for that picture?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 5th, 2006 at 09:18:51 AM EST
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Sorry DoDo, I downloaded the picture over a year ago from some Bush-bashing site in the US. Lost the link and can't find again. Do not now the story either...
perhaps just a paintshop-thing. But it is catching.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Sun Mar 5th, 2006 at 09:50:38 AM EST
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