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Baird and the bomb

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Jonathan McLeod objects to John Baird’s signing of a bomb in Libya.

I do not like this tradition of writing messages on bombs, especially when those messages are written by our politicians. When using a bomb as a form of expression, there is only one message being expressed: Massive Violence … There is no political action more severe, destructive and permanently altering as war. We should undertake such activities as rarely as we can. We should avoid war, violence, blood and death as much as is reasonably possible. We should – when forced into such grim duty – take lives, destroy communities and shatter families with the utmost reverence for life.