Like nukes, fuel-air explosives
are unconfined explosives with long pulses, but the pressure is low, and if you are in a bunker or an armored vehicle, the pressure coming through the vision slits will be insufficient to collapse your lungs.
Sending Israeli ground forces to destroy the missiles "would very likely result in many Israeli casualties -- as well as Lebanese civilians," Etzioni suggests; another option he discusses involves using Fuel-Air Explosives
(FAE) to "disperse an aerosol cloud of fuel which is ignited by a detonator, producing massive explosions...[capable of flattening] all buildings within a considerable range." He concedes that even if people living in targeted areas were forewarned, civilian casualties would be inevitable.
Napalm, fuel-air explosives
and cluster bombs are just as nasty as poison gas, and perfectly legal.
The Pentagon revealed in January that it was rushing 10 thermobaric bombs - or fuel-air explosives
- to Afghanistan after successful tests in the Nevada desert.
In contrast to this balderdash the Bulletin and Nation authors dwelled on the novel powers of devastation recently displayed, citing at luxuriant length claims made by arms manufacturers and the Pentagon for cluster bombs, fuel-air explosives
and other munitions.
But dropping fuel-air explosives
and cluster bombs on starving conscripts is a miserable way to alleviate human suffering.