Thank the Lord there are no more ships like this in existence. When you take a massive explosive shell and launch it from up to twenty miles away there was little chance that it will hit exactly where you intended. It could just as easily hit a small town of 800 as it would a military complex.
Anyone who has read much of this blog knows that I am a peacenic. I utterly disdain all the wars we have managed to get ourselves into here in the U.S. They say that the 20th century, which I lived in more than half of was the bloodiest one of our existence. We seemed to be constantly in a war with someone for a number of different reason and as the years went by we honed our killing ability more and more.
We are to the point now that our soldiers don’t even have to leave their community and can still kill the “bad guys” remotely and be home for dinner. But at least we don’t have anymore Battleship Iowas that cause so much collateral damage. Now we have million dollar smart bombs released from remote-controlled aircraft to do our dirty work.
I can only dream that there is someway to make the 21st century less deadly than the previous one. Blessed are the peacemakers. Maybe some day we will actually take that lesson to heart. Goodbye Battleship Iowa. I am so glad to at least see you go…..