…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Will Iron Dome backfire? is the title of an item on page 6 of New Scientist / 24-11-12/:
As violence erupts once more in Israel and Gaza Strip, new military technology is set to change how future conflicts will play out. For the first time, a missile-defence system is working effectively. Nicknamed “Iron Dome”, Israel’s missile interceptor uses radar to identify rocket launches, track their trajectory and guide a Mach 2.2 missile to blow them up mid-air. Because the system can track a rocket’s trajectory, it can ignore those that will fall into uninhabited areas. By noon on 19 November, 877 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, said the Israeli Defence Force, which claims to have downed 307 rockets on a dangerous trajectory. …
But Iron Dome’s success may presage a change in tactics, making future conflicts worse. “This is a game changer,” says Ben Goodland (a defence analyst with IHS Jane’s, the military data publisher based in Coulsdon, UK), “it will make Hamas come up with other ways to get through. Or they may acquire higher range rockets to negate these new defences.”
We all know that the New Scientist, as all left-wing and politically correct publications, is anti-Semitic under a guise of anti-Zionism, but one would have hoped that a purportedly scientific magazine has not yet totally thrown the logic to the winds of the so desired socialist change. Alas, it is not so.
For over 300,000 years mankind has evolved better and more efficient tools, first and foremost (arguably) those for defense and offense against own species. A superior hook for gathering nuts is of no use if your own nuts are crushed by your envious and hostile neighbour. Most versions of evolution theories claim that the fittest and better prepared survive, and the New Scientist, which raised Darwinism to the status of infallible religion ought not to discard the dogma for political ends.
Will Iron Dome backfire? Backfire? Arms will not be needed in that distant and unlikely future when a Biblical lamb will lie with a Biblical lion, but I doubt that strictly atheist New Scientist believes that. In the meantime the weapons, like anything else, will evolve and it is practically certain that Hamas will acquire better rockets and Israelis would develop a better Dome. To do otherwise would be highly illogical and suicidal. When someone gets a bigger and better stick to bash my head in, should I keep on using my obsolete shield and get killed, knowing that if I get a better shield and live, soon he will come with a better stick?