France Destroying Libya (But Not Too Much) With Concrete Bombs

France is dropping "concrete filled training bombs" all over Libyan dictator Mo Qaddafi's murder tanks, which is cool because concrete bombs don't produce big explosions that kill innocent people. This seems like an important characteristic.

"Concrete bombs have been around for decades ... and are usually used for training," says celebrity-artillery gossip website DefenseTech. "However, a 600-pound piece of concrete dropped from thousands of feet in the air can be pretty darn effective when it hits a relatively small, soft target." Or a Qaddafimobile, which are not soft but very hard, as hard as Qaddafi's heart.

The U.S. used concrete bombs in Iraq in the late 1990s to not-kill civilians, and have done so on occasion during our "deliberately low-key" current Iraq war. The bombs sometimes stub American soldiers' toes, which is rude, but are supposedly "defter" than regular bombs.

Safer, defter, less deadly: These things sound great! Their only obvious flaw is that you can't fill them with bon bons or rolled-up excerpts from Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason, which the French military sometimes like to do when they attaque. (The American military likes to occasionally do a similar thing, using Twinkies and pages from People magazine.)

[DefenseTech; image, of burned cars in Misrata, via AP]