Recently I have been seeing ads on busses. The advertisement displayed two young young adult, one carrying a anti tank missile launcher while other carry a military chopper model.The advertisement said: are you the greater mind we seek?
I supose the puspose of the ad is to seek out intelligent mind out there and recruit them in their research programe on defence technology... another words of WAR TECHNOLOGY.
The first though of mine is:"Why would anyone wanted to attack Singapore?" . Well, even if there is some terrorist who may want to abort attack from their biggest target(US or England) and turn their target to one of the so many allied of US or UK, for instance Singapore, I am pretty sure that the current millitary asset of Singapore is more than enough to crush them if they come face to face. That is why the tactic of terrorism is bombed and hide, they don't come to you face to face.How is a group of people with AK-47 and little RPG could win the battle with a well trained military group with GI, cruise missile, tanks and battle ships on it?
So since you can't kill terrorist with just mere brutal weapon, what is the point seeking more powerful weapon?Well, someone would say the the developement of more powerful like "mother or father of all bombs" is to counter the treat from country, not terrorist. Lets look at the case of US:
The US had spend $10 billion per year on missle defence system. But a recent Pentagon briefing claims the threat from enemy missiles is growing and shows missiles in 20 countries. But all but two of those 20 countries - Iran and North Korea - are either friends, allies, or countries of US from which they have no missile threat, e.g. Israel, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, South Korea, Moldova, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc.
And, with the exception of Russia and China, none of those 20 countries - including Iran and North Korea - have missiles that can reach the United States anyway.
Something is defenitly went wrong here... where is the treat?
Okay, some would argued this with the initial success in toppling first the Taliban in Afghanistan and then Saddam Hussein in Iraq provide support for concepts. But the murderous chaos in Iraq, and the growing violence in southern Afghanistan, have shown that bombs is good at destroying targets, and bad at solving the problem.
Enough with the debating, lets look at the little research I have done on the net:
The cost of missile defence system:
10 billion usd per year
3 billion usd to build, 77 million usd each year for operating cost
150 million usd
The cost to rehabilitate 13,000 public housing units:
150 million usd
The cost to upgrade the drainage system of a metropolitan city to prevent flood:
Get my point?
If you are gifted with an intelligent mind, try to change the world with brain and love, not bullets. our history of mankind is already filled with wars and bloods. We can all make a difference.