October 29, 2004

Brother, Can You Spare a Couple Ounces of HMX?

I've read that the US has destroyed 400,000 tons of high explosives thus far in Iraq. Just to get an idea of what that means, 400,000 tons is the equivalent of 31.53 pounds of high explosives for every man, woman and child in Iraq, assuming an Iraqi population of 25,374,691. Or only 31.40 pounds of high explosives if these people are to be believed.

But hey, check out this story from the BBC:

The explosives mostly consist of 195 metric tons of HMX and 141 metric tons of RDX - key components in plastic explosives, which have been widely used in car bombings in Iraq... The amounts apparently taken from the al-Qaqaa site could have filled three trucks.

There are trucks that can carry 112 metric tons of high explosives? Jeebus, I sure hope they don't have a flat tire.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 29, 2004 03:38 PM