Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Weapons of Misleading Designation

I do not like the term "Weapons of Mass Destruction." It lumps together things that are vastly different: nuclear and biological weapons (which are a big threat but very different) and chemical weapons (which are less threatening than conventional weapons.) This kind of lumping-together just makes for sloppy thinking.

Then tonight I was watching the Nova Program "America's Stone Age Explorers" on PBS, and they called the stone spearpoints of the Clovis people "weapons of mass destruction," I guess because they apparently were used to wipe out mammoths and giant sloths.

By these standards, I guess Saddam had WMD's after all!


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