We Killed Those Children

We Killed Those Children
Detail from The Beast Acheron, Attributed to Simon Marmion, French, Valenciennes, 1475. Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The bombs Israel dropped on sleeping people in Rafah were made by Boeing.

Good morning. Americans designed and manufactured the bomb that blew the head off the Palestinian baby that you have seen on your phone.

Last night CNN published their analysis of frames from videos shared on social media from the aftermath of the horrific strike on “Kuwait Peace Camp 1" in Rafah by Israel, then verified their geolocation. In consultation with a former US Army senior explosive ordnance disposal team member named Trevor Bell and British Army officer Chris Cobb-Smith, they have identified "the tail of a US-made GBU-39 small diameter bomb (SDB)," made by Boeing.

The GBU-39, Cobb-Smith said, "will always incur risks in a densely populated area."

Ball said, “The warhead portion [of the munition] is distinct, and the guidance and wing section is extremely unique compared to other munitions. Guidance and wing sections of munitions are often the remnants left over even after a munition detonates. I saw the tail actuation section and instantly knew it was one of the SDB/GBU-39 variants.”

Astonishingly, the IDF already told us this. CNN points out that IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said that they'd dropped "two munitions with small warheads containing 17 kilos of explosives," which is exactly the GBU-39 payload size.

Here's a screencap from CNN of Alam Sadeq's photographs until they yell at us:

Boeing is a company with too much of its own history for this news to really break through, which is incredibly frustrating. Sure, they probably bumped off some whistleblowers—one or two, maybe more.

But this was worse. This was worse and it can never be undone. Categorically: It is worse to blow the head off a sleeping child than anything else, even tanking a pillar of the US manufacturing economy, and we already did it.