Letting the Lamb into the Lion’s DenPosted: December 15, 2016
Back in October, Washington, DC hosted the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). One of the major elements of the annual meeting is the exhibition by defense and security contractors: it is essentially the largest arms show in North America and features a range of products. I was there to meet with and learn about the state of the art in explosives detection and removal and will write about that in a few days. In the meantime, I would like to share with you some of what I saw.
Things I expected to see at the Arms Show:
Bullets and explosive ordnance.
Guns. Lots of guns. (notice the man on the left staring at me, cocking a pistol…)
Things I did not expect to see at the Arms Show:
A bag full of weed and money. They’re fake, but still…
Wells Fargo Bank. Predator drones: yes; predatory loans: no.
Re-enactors in period costume. Well, maybe dudes (and I did see Abraham Lincoln), but not a Southern Belle.
A six-foot tall mouse. Vermin: yes; children’s literary characters: no.
Things I didn’t expect to see, but really should have:
Blatant sexism and women looking very uncomfortable because of it.
Michael P. Moore
December 15, 2016
moe (at) landminesinafrica (dot) org