Monday, July 22, 2013

Foreign Power Drops Bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Four unarmed bombs were dropped on the Great Barrier Reef by a foreign power!

Australian Senator Larissa Waters is quoted as saying, "Have we gone completely mad? Is this how we look after our World Heritage area now? Letting a foreign power drop bombs on it?"

I guess normally this would really be a world-wide incident but in this case the foreign power was the United States and the dropping of the bombs was... errr.... how do I put this?  Hmmm, well because the pilots were low on fuel and could not land with their bomb load, the Navy said.

"The Harriers ... needed to get back to the ship, and so they conducted an emergency jettison,"  said fleet commander William Marks.
Good job this happened in an place with a government as understanding as Australia. Might have been a bit of a "sticky wicket" if it had happened say, over North Korea.

1 comment:

  1. When I read this story I wondered, "Why couldn't they fly the bombs over non-reef areas to drop them?" It's not like they were going to plummet into the sea if they didn't ditch the bombs at that very instant. It's so careless. I guess that's the heart of the story: they just didn't care about the reefs.