Node Of Evil - Fair And Balanced Reporting

For those who feel the war on terrorism
could use a little "Structural Adjustment".

Hey all, here's something that's vitally important -- the U.N. aid program in Palestine is close to running out of funds. Please take a minute to donate something to help the Palestinian refugees. You can donate here. More information about the program can be found here.

Who We Are: Did you feel left out of the "Axis of Evil"? Do you not have enough WMD's to qualify? Well, fret no more friend, 'cause any rational left- or right-leaning individual who dares disagree with the war on terrorism is a threat to every peace-loving nation! That means us! and that may mean you, too, are qualified to make the Most-of-the-Most-Wanted list. We're here to welcome all who disagree with, or generally dislike, any aspect of the war on terrorism with open arms! Declare yourself an enemy of the state - join the Node Of Evil.

Why join the Node Of Evil? We offer benefits such as a clear conscience and the ability to express your opinion, plus the opportunity to lob a few political hot potatos in the general direction of the White house.

How do you join the Node Of Evil? To join, simply repeat the phrase "I hate the war on terrorism". Yes, it's that simple!


Monday, April 07, 2003

Update 2: Hmm, I believe there are several weapons systems that have been lumped into the BM-21 category. There seem to be several weapons systems that are nicknamed "Stalin Organ"; I've seen the BM-21 and the BM-13 referred to as such. I don't have a copy of any of the Jane's weapons guides available so I can't check it out, but the general picture seems to be that there are a number of variants of the system and that the BM-21 system does indeed date from before WW II (although current launchers may have been designed later). From what I've read it appears that there are launchers with 12 and 40 rocket capacities (the 12 rocket version being the older of the two) and that there are rockets available with variable ranges. I've seen the "BM-21" appellation applied to both the rockets and the launcher (I suspect it's the designation of the launcher), but it may be that it applies to the whole system, which includes both.

Update: More from MSNBC about the chemical weapons finds. In their article, they quote the range of the BM-21 to be 15 miles. We'll check with our sources to clarify the technical details. The article also describes the truck-mounted launching system, which is consistent with the "Stalin Organs" mentioned below.

Various reports of U.S. forces finding chemical weapons are filtering in this morning (NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, Reuters). It looks like we have two separate incidents here, one involving some chemicals in oil drums and the other involving 20 BM-21 rockets that have chemical warheads. The BM-21's, in case that sounds familiar, are the same kind of rocket that weapons inspectors had found earlier with hollowed-out warheads but no chemicals. The BM-21 122mm. rocket is a Russian weapon, designed and made before World War II. It has a range of 26 miles although it is relatively inaccurate in comparison to artillery rounds of a similar size. The rockets can be mounted in what are called "Stalin Organs" for rapid firing. The conventional version has seen use in wars around the world and can be a devestating weapon due to the force of the explosion and the shrapnel contained in the warhead, although well-trained troops can endure it. I believe its use for delivery of chemical weapons was not part of the original design (Google, anyone?).

Andrew 10:35 AM : |


New York Times
The Independent
Google News

The New Yorker
The Atlantic Monthly

Bloggers we like:
Baseball on Blake Street
Non Tibi Spiro

Bloggers you already know:
Daily Kos
Kevin Drum

Andrew's Music:
Poser P
Our history: The Node Of Evil started in the spring of 2002, before the age of dated posts. The original site is here.

Hook Into The Node - Add Your Comments

See What Others Think - View Comments

Lob A Hot Potato At The White House:

Email The President (

Email The Vice President (

Throw something at a senator, too:

Senators by state.

I am responsible

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?
Weblog Commenting by