If you thought it was shocking to hear the “Two and a Half Men” kid call his show filth—a comment for which he’s apologized
—just wait until you read the words of Lord Gilbert, a member of Great Britain’s House of Lords.
During a discussion about nuclear disarmament last week, he suggested dropping a neutron bomb on Pakistan “to create cordons sanitaire along various borders where people are causing trouble,” according to The Huffington Post
The U.S. designed the neutron bomb to kill human targets and leave buildings unharmed.
“Your Lordships may say that this is impractical, but nobody lives up in the mountains on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan except for a few goats and a handful of people herding them,” Lord Gilbert said.
As The Nation noted
, Lord Gilbert’s statements would be “laughable” if they hadn’t come from the “august House of Lords” and from a man who once served as a defense minister for the Labour Party. However, as The Nation
put it, Lord Gilbert is “prone to gaffes.” His statements are occasionally struck from the official record of Parliament for their “inappropriate language.”
In the aftermath of the statement, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, the U.K.’s top spokesman, insisted the government doesn’t share Lord Gilbert’s “rumbustious views.”
Pakistan, meanwhile, responded “with maturity and restrained annoyance,” according to The Nation