Friday, February 23, 2007

I call it Divine Intervention

Apparently there's a long history of naming bombs after divinity. Just a casual reading for this article found that "kamikaze" means "divine wind" and India's first nuclear test in the 70's was named "smiling buddha."

But Bushco must have wet their pants bigtime with this inspired (not) name. As OneCanadian notes:

DIVINE STRAKE is one of several ”DIVINE“ efforts under the Hard and Deeply Buried Target Defeat (HDBTD) program. DIVINE WARHAWK consists of deep underground operational tunnel facility defeat demonstrations using advanced weapons at the White Sands Missile Range. DIVINE HELCAT was a 2004 reconstitution exercise to determine reconstitution time for the C3I tunnel facility at Nevada Test Site (NTS). Also in 2004 planning began for DIVINE HATES, which is a WMD production and storage tunnel complex functional defeat effort...

The DIVINE STRAKE full scale test is planned to be a large-yield, buried burst detonated at the Nevada Test Site. Divine Strake would appear to be associated with the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator RNEP, or possibly the B61-11 Earth-Penetrating Weapon...

Okay, we name our weapons of mass destruction after God. How do we name our instruments of peace?

* Divine Strake test cancelled.
* RustyParts has a good theological discussion of naming bombs divine.
* Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director Dr. James A. Tegnelia noted in the cancellation announcement that "I have become convinced that it's time to look at alternative methods that obviate the need for this type of large-scale test." Yeah, lets pray its not a live test in Iran.


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