Sunday, January 16, 2005

Make love, not war

One of the more bizarre revelations from newly declassified documents is this one regarding Pentagon plans to demoralize the enemy (as opposed to the plans which wind up demoralizing our own troops, of course), by developing a chemical aphrodisiac to make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. The New Scientist quotes the report as saying the resulting homosexual behavior would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale.

Presumably our own troops would be in full personal protective gear to prevent the highly undesirable effect of converting them from killers to lovers.

"[Pentagon] Spokesman Edward Hammond says it was not known if the proposed $7.5 million, six-year research plan was ever pursued."