Pope Francis: ‘Mother’ Is Inappropriate Word To Describe Bomb, ‘A Mother Gives Life, This One Gives Death’

Pope Francis said he was “ashamed” after he heard the word “mother” used in association with a deadly U.S. military weapon. The bomb known as the “Mother Of All Bombs” is technically referred to as the Massive Ordinance Air Blast or MOAB. Pope Francis continued to question the weapon’s chosen name, “We call this device a mother. What is happening?”

The name “mother of all bombs” was dubbed from the ear-splitting blast from the weapon let off upon impact. In a passionate speech with a group of students at the Vatican, Pope Francis said, “A mother gives life and this one gives death…”

“I was ashamed when I heard the name of the bomb, ‘Mother of all bombs.'”

Mother of all bombs name inappropriate
This U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) handout photo shows the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon March 11, 2003 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The 21,000 pound bomb was dropped from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the Eglin test range March 11, 2003. According to the DoD the MOAB is the largest non-nuclear conventional weapon in existence. (Photo by DoD/Getty Images)

An Afghan army soldier who was driving toward the targeted area affected by the MOAB bomb revealed to The Guardian what the explosion felt like.

“The explosion felt like a big earthquake, even in the surrounding districts.”

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, said the goal was to destroy “a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area.”

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) photo shows technicians preparing the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) . [Image by DoD/Getty Images]

The Afghanistan President, Ashraf Ghani, approved of the strike and said the strike was “designed to support the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and U.S. forces…conducting clearance operations in the region.”

“Precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties with this air strike.”

Multiple Afghan officials have asserted that they had no information about the bombing prior to it happening, as per CNN.

When asked if the bombing will send a stark message to North Korea, Trump revealed that he wasn’t too concerned about the “message.”

“I don’t know if this sends a message; it doesn’t make any difference if it does or not… North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of.”

How Much Does The ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ MOAB Cost?

As the Inquisitr previously reported, an Air Force representative revealed to the Business Insider that one MOAB unit costs $170,000. The cost of a single MOAB unit was cited to be a massive $314 million dollars. The LA Times published a 2011 article detailing the delivery of a batch of 30,000-pound bombs. The total cost for this batch in 2011 was cited at $314 million. The Daily Caller added that the number was then picked up by various media outlets.

“Many news organizations, including TIME and CNBC, also cited Deagel.com, a site with extensive lists of weapons assets owned by multiple countries, which claims the MOAB costs $16 million per unit, the same amount as the reported cost of the MOP.”

The Business Insider’s article has since been corrected to maintain that the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) does not cost the heavily cited $314 million or even $16 million.

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