The New B-21 Raider

In California the other day, the USAF and Northrop Grumman unveiled the new B-21 Raider nuclear stealth bomber. The Air Force expects to purchase at least 100 of these new planes at an estimated cost of $700 million each. The fleet is expected to cost $203 billion to develop, buy, and operate over the next 30 years. 

It’s awe-inspiring in the same sense as a George Lucas invention. Undoubtedly, it’s a technical engineering marvel. I’m sure it’s thrilling to fly.

As a red-blooded cis-gendered heterosexual male, it excites me. 

Until, that is, I remember that it’s a death machine.

Until I remember that Jesus said to love, not kill, your enemies.

Until I remember that to live by the sword is to die by the sword.

Until I remember that Habitat for Humanity could build nice small permanent houses for 13 million homeless people with that money.

Until I remember that tactical nuclear weapons can reach 100 kilotons each and the bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 were between 12 and 21 kilotons.

Until I remember that humans have yet to invent a weapon and not use it.

About Dr. Larry Taylor

Radical Anabaptist, Jesus Freak, Red Letter Christian, sailor, thinker, spiritual director, life coach, pastor, teacher, chaplain, counselor, writer, husband, father, grandfather, dog-sitter

Posted on December 3, 2022, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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