November 24, 2012
Lord Gilbert, aka Life Peer Baron Gilbert, a House of Lords fixture, has suggested using a neutron bomb on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to clear out pesky natives who were radicalized by his country, the United States, and Pakistan.
“Your Lordships may say that this is impractical, but nobody lives up in the mountains on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan except for a few goats and a handful of people herding them. If you told them that some ERRB warheads were going to be dropped there and that it would be a very unpleasant place to go, they would not go there. You would greatly reduce your problem of protecting those borders from infiltration from one side or another,” said the Gilbert during a debate about getting rid of nuclear weapons.
Gilbert was roundly criticized for his comment by fellow parliament members. Lord Browne of Ladyton said Gilbert’s comments were his “most challenging and contrarian” to date.
Lord Gilbert didn’t mention Britain’s role in creating and fostering both organizations.He also didn’t mention the part British intelligence played in promoting radical jihadism in Britain and also protecting suspected terrorists.
ERRB, or Enhanced Radiation Reduced Blast, is a fission-fusion thermonuclear weapon (a hydrogen bomb) that releases a large amount of neutron radiation. Also known as a neutron bomb, ERRB weapons release a greater number of neutrons than a fission bomb of the same explosive yield. Its primary purpose is to reduce property damage and increase human casualties.
Substantially more than a handful of goat herders live along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Millions of Pashtuns and Baluchs populate the area.
Both al-Qaeda and the Taliban are creations of U.S. and Pakistani intelligence. Osama bin Laden was a valued Saudi, Pakistani and CIA asset who did their bidding during the Afghanistan war against the Soviets through Maktab al-Khidamat, or al-Kifah, a funding conduit for the mujahideen. In addition to the Saudi intelligence agency, funding and support came from the Saudi Red Crescent, the Muslim World League, and private donors, including Saudi princes. For an in-depth description of the terror organization and its roots, see History Commons.
The Taliban emerged in 1994 following the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan. “Its members came from madrassas set up by the Pakistani government along the border and funded by the U.S., Britain, and the Saudis, where they had received theological indoctrination and military training,” writes Phil Gasper.