It was confirmed yesterday that the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb dropped over Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan by the US military did not kill civilians.
The MOAB bomb was the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever used by the world power, and targeted a series of tunnels used by Islamic State militants.
Despite protestations from IS and their zealot Amaq news agency that no fighters had been killed in the blast, this morning the BBC reported that:
“At least 90 militants from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed.”
This afternoon, the toll has risen to 94 and may continue to rise as time goes on.
The attack then, carried out in coordination with the Afghanistan government to avoid civilian harm was seemingly an overwhelming success.
Not so in the view of United States campaign and protest organisation March for Science.
The organisation , which “champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity”, objected to the use of the MOAB bomb in a series of hastily deleted Tweets.
The Tweets were posted to the @ScienceMarchDC Twitter page, before being deleted due to predictable backlash.
However, meteorologist Ryan Maue posted screenshots of the statements for all to see.
The Tweet which proved to be the most controversial was one in which March for Science implied that the MOAB bomb had harmed “vulnerable people”, when in fact it had only killed IS adherents and fighters.
The March for Science website calls on the scientific community to speak out against policies which endanger human life.
In light of their views on the MOAB bomb, the groups leadership seem to be labouring under the impression that IS is some kind life-loving, pro-science lobby group which ought not to be resisted with military force.
“People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world.”
March for Science plan to protest in the US capital on 22 April.
Elsewhere in the Liberal Utopia, (smug) American film maker Josh Fox took to the world wide web to express his own condemnation of the MOAB attack.
In all the obtuse wisdom of a coddled Hollywood starlet, Fox decided to use the operation as an opportunity to preach some #love and simultaneously make a dig at his President.
Much like the March for Science Tweets, Fox received a notable backlash and a barrage of jokes rained down at his expense.
The most common reaction was the almost unanimously agreed upon peace plan that Josh Fox should be sent to the Middle East and given the opportunity to spread his message of love to the kafir hating insurgents.
In other US news, two Black Lives Matter members have been arrested by FBI agents in Chicago for attempting to send weapons to IS in a conspiracy potentially dating back to 2015.
One of the men, Ed Schmenti had previously posted hostilities online, stating on social media accounts:
“Kuffar we are coming to slay you.”
“I want to see blood flowing, whatever way.”
Schmenti and accomplice Joseph D. Jones both went by pseudonyms when conducting illicit activities, and are now facing charges relating to the spread of Islamic State propaganda, threats to public safety and most recently: being caught attempting to provide an undercover agent they believed to be an IS member with components for explosive devices.
According to Fox 32, the men had been under investigation from the FBI for 19 months, and had made themselves very visible to the authorities by carrying IS flags at protests and (in Schmenti’s case) threatening to blow up a police station.
The two men had shared IS execution and propaganda videos with undercover investigators during the period of observation, and had made their allegiances quite clear.
The pair are facing up to twenty years in prison, should they be convicted.
It seems that to Schmenti and Jones, black lives really don’t matter all that much.