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Friday, January 07, 2005

Topsy-turvy world

Apparently, the US is planning to buy 300 million bullets from Taiwan. It seems that there has been a disappointing lack of conflict between Taiwan and China and the former country therefore has a bullet-surplus. Meanwhile, due to their recent mission to bring freedom to large swathes of the Mooslim world the Americans are running low. You can imagine some planner in the Pentagon slapping palm against forehead: "Hey, I think I got it..."

It might seem banal but I suddenly started wondering what happens to all these bullets. Assuming that only a fraction actually get to fulfill their destiny and rip through human flesh (I'm basing this assumption on the fact that the US army has only killed or injured hundreds of thousands rather than hundreds of millions), where do the rest end up? Is there such a thing as "bullet pollution" in Iraq and Afghanistan?

By the way, I was sure that the US was supposed to supplying Taiwan with arms to defend itself against Communist aggression... when did things change? As a friend of mine might put it "world gone crazy rudebwoy".


At January 09, 2005 3:53 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

Well, we can hope they end up rusted.

Target practice consumes a lot of them.

I imagine that if the slug is removed from the casing, the gunpowder could be used for fireworks, and the brass and lead melted down for new uses.

At January 09, 2005 1:22 PM, Blogger kotaji said...

Hmmm. Bullet recycling, I like the idea.


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