Tuesday, September 11, 2007

At Last--An Environmentally Friendly Bomb

September 11, 2007

Russia Tests Superstrength Bomb: Military

Filed at 5:09 p.m. ET

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has tested the world's most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the "father of all bombs."

The bomb is the latest in a series of new Russian weapons and policy moves as President Vladimir Putin tries to reassert Moscow's role on the international stage.

"Test results of the new airborne weapon have shown that its efficiency and power is commensurate with a nuclear weapon," Alexander Rukshin, Russian deputy armed forces chief of staff, told Russia's state ORT First Channel television. The same report was later shown on the state-sponsored Vesti channel.

. . . "The defense ministry stresses this military invention does not contradict a single international treaty. Russia is not unleashing a new arms race.". .

. . . "The main destruction is inflicted by an ultrasonic shockwave and an incredibly high temperature," the reports said. "All that is alive merely evaporates."

Rukshin said: "At the same time, I want to stress that the action of this weapon does not contaminate the environment, in contrast to a nuclear one."

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Well there you go--Sputnik all over again. The Russians have beaten us in the race to environmentally friendly ways to kill people and we will surely have to respond or hang our heads in nuclear shame.

One small step for man, one giant step for mankind, courtesy of Vadimir Putin.


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