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Neutron bomb idea shocks Lords

- November 23, 2012 - Updated 2140 PKT - From Web Edition

LONDON: A Labour former defence minister stunned peers by suggesting that a neutron bomb could be used to create a "cordon sanitaire" in troubled border regions such as the one between Afghanistan and Pakistan.


In a Lords debate on multi-lateral nuclear disarmament, Lord Gilbert said the use of such weapons could "greatly reduce problems of protecting those borders", adding: "These things are not talked about but they should be...."


Lord Gilbert said that what used to be called a neutron bomb, but was actually an enhanced radiation reduced blast weapon (ERRB), could have "many uses" today.


"I think you could use an ERRB warhead to create a cordon sanitaire around various borders where people are causing trouble these days."


Meanwhile, Labour former defence secretary Lord Browne of Ladyton rounded on Lord Gilbert over his remarks, accusing him of being at his "most challenging and contrarian".


Cabinet Office spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire said the Government did not share Lord Gilbert's "rumbustious" views on the sensitive issue. "The UK retains a firm commitment to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons," he said. "Our aim is to build an international environment in which no state feels the need to possess nuclear weapons - an environment that will allow nuclear states to disarm in a balanced and verifiable manner."

Reader Comments
People like these Peers are a disgrace to all of humanity... BRING BACK THE GUILLOTINE !!!

People like these Peers are a disgrace to all of humanity... BRING BACK THE GUILLOTINE !!!

That someone would sanction the use of neutron bombs is troubling enough. When you're somewhere you have no business being in the first place has it come to this: the use or threat of true weapons of mass destruction to keep control?

Andrew P, it's lice like yourself that need culling. I recommend a thick fog of DDT be laid down across the American heartland. That should rid us of WASP parasites by the thousands.

Anyone with they could have the Hereditary Peers back?

Lord Nowhere
Impotent old men trying to get it up one last time...............

His Lordship needs to bone up on his physics. Neutron bombs do not work in the manner he thinks. They are small, high tritium nukes kill people immediately, and then allow troops to reenter the area quickly, usually within a day or two. They are designed to wipe out large concentrated armies or cities. Large numbers of neutron bombs would be useful in culling the Pashtun people. If you want a "cordon sanitaire", a different weapon must be used, like persistent nerve agents.

Andrew P
try it at ur home first....

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