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Slaying Grendel’s mother: An idea whose time has come

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By Joe Zarantonello

The U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on a remote part of Afghanistan recently. It was so powerful that it had been kept on the shelf since it was created in 2003 because of the fear of the “collateral damage” it might cause. They dubbed it, with a kind of macho affection, “The Mother of all Bombs.”

While it was the biggest non-nuclear bomb any government has ever dropped on another country, it was not “The Mother of All Bombs.”


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