The United States armed forces have developed new weapon for use in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a version of a grenade launcher but it is fired like a rifle by any soldier and the power of this weapon will create new problems for the Taliban. The XM25 can fire a grenade which appears in the form of a shell and it will blast a wall behind which are hiding insurgents. Of course, it also means when American troops enter a village and someone fires a shot the XM25 might swing into action and before anyone knows what has happened, the village is gone.
No sensible person can deny US troops access to the best weapons that will enable them to pursue their tasks. But, with each new violent weapon comes a price– the innocent might suffer.