Putin's 'Blazing Sun' is a weapon of mass destruction

According to The Australian, Vladimir Putin's troops in Syria are using a weapons system "one step below a nuclear weapon" on the city of Aleppo. The TOS-1A "Blazing Sun" fires a near simultaneous missile battery at an entire neighborhood and is designed to create an all-consuming firestorm on the target.  It is the equivalent of a localized nuclear weapon, aiming to turn civilian as well as armed neighborhoods into oxygen-sucking infernos.  The technology now exists to create near-nuclear weapons that are called "conventional" but resemble small nuclear weapons in indiscriminate destructiveness.  Such weapons should be prohibited by international treaties.  Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago, nuclear weapons have not been used "in anger."  Vladimir Putin is therefore breaching an important international taboo against weapons that are so undiscriminating and all-destroying that they...(Read Full Post)