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UK Lord suggests nuking Afghan border
Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:41AM
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A House of Lords member in Britain has shocked rivals by suggesting that a neutron bomb could be dropped on border regions in Afghanistan, such as the one next to Pakistan.


The member of the upper house of the British parliament, Lord Gilbert, said during a debate on getting rid of nuclear weapons across the world that borders like the one between Afghanistan and Pakistan could be made safe by dropping ERRB bombs, otherwise known as neutron bombs in those areas, reports said.

“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,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert's controversial comments have left the members of the House of Lords shocked.

Gilbert has also been deeply criticized with Lords dismissing his suggestion that it was possible to drop such a bomb in the Pak-Afghan border areas.

Former Labour defence secretary Lord Browne of Ladyton, reacted to Gilbert’s views accusing him of being at his “most challenging and contrarian.”

Meanwhile Lord Wallace of Saltaire said the Government did not share Lord Gilbert’s disturbing views on the sensitive issue.

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