|The Vulcan Bomber..... Traditional Armament: 21 x 454 kilograms of conventional bombs or 1 x free-fall nuclear bomb/1 x Blue Steel missile (1.1 megaton).|
Julian Bray writes: There is a groundswell of public and military opinion that it needs something really big,bold and effective to make a huge public relations impact in Iraq and around the world in media impact terms.
Something that will not only capture the hearts and minds of the population in the UK, but also to concentrate the minds of IS and other terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and any other country considering going down that route.
The proposal is to send in the UK's last remaining Cold War giant the Vulcan bomber with specially constructed bomb payloads. The thinking is that if the 'limited' token bombing operation aurhorised by Parliament is to work, it has to be hard and swift, impacting on a wide area creating maximum damage and visible impact.
It will not have gone unnoticed that the Americans in Syria have almost exclusively concentrated on taking out oilfields, which in itself is stacking up an environmental hazard of epic proportions, for the rest of us. But neatly pushing up the price of oil and gas in our part of the world, but not affecting the USA which has ample domestic supply. It also has to be said that in the seven or so weeks of USA air operations in Syria, not an inch of territory so far has been given up by IS.
The positive by-product for MPs' in UK and urgently needed in public relations terms, is that funds needed to keep the UKs' last airworthy Vulcan Bomber flying for several more years, can be quickly made available, as part of the defence budget, and is an effective use of an already available, proven, effective but terrible resource.
Clearly the UK's last airworthy Vulcan will require little modification in addition to the construction of an appropriate high capacity bomb payload.
But the mere suggestion that a huge menacing bomber of the calibre of the Cold War Vulcan, without prior notice, at some unknown date and time, will be intensively bombing the authorised areas in theatre, will clearly make even the most committed IS supporter, however 'brainwashed' think again....
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