The article gushed about the accomplishment: An amazing new weapon that can kill anyone or anything on earth within sixty minutes of pulling the trigger. I read the whole thing. I looked for the standard comparisons to the A-Bomb that leveled Hiroshima, or to the TNT equivalents, so I could delight in the FHTV’s improved destructive capacity.
But any way you cut it, this is a Weapon of Mass Destruction on whole new scale. And it’s pictured and praised in the newspaper. Little kids can see it, and maybe be inspired to study engineering or physics, the same little kids we are so careful to shield from seeing naked bodies or two women kissing.
Even if these machines should exist at all, we should have the decency to rate them triple-X.