first published on January 26, 2016 by Will
Russia is bringing back WWII style carpet bombing against anti government forces across Syria, dropping “dumb” iron bombs from high-altitude flying Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers.
Carpet bombing, also called area bombardment and saturation bombing, is the controversial technique of dumping several unguided munitions over a large area for maximum devastation. Although international law frowns on using the tactic because it tends to destroy more than just military targets, one can argue that the local infrastructure and industry directly benefits the enemy’s military, and by crushing the morale of the local population, they are more likely to discontinue supporting the occupying force. That is war. However, Russia is most likely using the tactic as a budget alternative to expensive precision guided munitions. The negative side effect of causing massive collateral damage by carpet bombing isn’t as high on the Russian’s priority list in comparison to the Western states involved in their own bombing campaigns in the region.