As for the battlefield, well get out there and try it first before you want to come here and comment. Although I would doubt there are any comments at all after a real battlefield experience.
I did and maybe I am as thick as you think I am (and everyone who doesn't agree with you is) but I don't differentiate between a "decision taken in the 'heat of battle' as opposed to one taken to consider ones actions" as you write. As someone else just pointed out, we're not talking about walking down the street and picking up a random person and interrogating them. We're talking about picking up someone after intelligence has linked them to an imminent terrorist attack. We have been very specific. What is the difference then between the two except for a bit of time? In your scenario some poor lady with a package that may or may not be a bomb gets killed. In mine, some person that intelligence has identified as an immediate risk is interrogated and possibly tortured...
Well, lets see ...
Penicillin's use as medicine
Computers / Supercomputers
Numerous Automotive Innovations
Food Preservatives (and things like concentrated OJ, etc.)
Cavity Magnetron (Microwave Ovens)
Certain Fabrics / Fibers..........................
Etc, etc, etc.
I'm sure I'm missing a ton here, but oh well...
Oh.. just an FYI.....Innovation does not mean invention...in case you don't have a dictionary.
Brave soldier to some, butcher to others....depends who you talk to, and on whose side you are on....
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Let me see...perhaps Mr Genius would like to explain how margarine and penicillin are so deadly? Your quote my dear Einstein said "but most of our key innovations over the past centuries have been derived out of finding new ways to kill or destroy each other"
In your oh so comprehensive list, I see a few that have serious militaristic applications that could actually cause deaths but I am sure the industrial/military complex would have a serious issue with your statement, many of those things are strictly to defend ourselves and are not meant to be used offensively.
Oh please do tell us how food preservatives were devised to hasten mankind's destruction. I'm sure you can find a very vivid scenario like your state sponsored rape diatribe.
Now if you want to say that the military/industrial complex has seriously contributed to many innovations that make our lives much better as well as making it a very dangerous world, that's a different thing.
Is that what you meant to say by your very poorly constructed sentence? Oh and by the way...most means a great majority...perhaps you could have considered many? Do you need a dictionary to know the difference?
I guess you learn a lot from reading Andy McNab and watching Prison Break. One can become an expert on all sorts of things...
I see that your thought process is about as limited as the originality of your insults...Congratulations!
Oh and please do consult the dictionary on the humongous difference between invention and innovation...
Here's one that I found for invention: - an innovation that is both novel and non-obvious.
Glossary of intellectual property terms
Now if you would like to email them and tell them how stupid they are, it would be much appreciated...They would be honored to hear from your highness