You haven’t time-warped, it’s still 2014, but a man was killed today by a bomb from World War II, according to Fox News. A bulldozer driver ran over an unexploded bomb or mine in a town in Western Germany. The driver was killed, two people nearby were seriously injured, and eleven more sustained light injuries. The explosion, which damaged windows, roofs and doors nearly a quarter mile away, happened at a rubble processing area used by a construction site. It was not immediately clear if the bomb had been at that site for years or if it was recently delivered from the rubble of another site.
While this tragedy is strange, in a way it is stranger that we don’t hear about disasters like this more often. Unexploded bombs are found in Germany often, but it is rare that they actually explode. The much more substantial load of weapons are underwater, because many countries routinely disposed of unused and unwanted weapons by simply dumping them into the ocean, until recently.
This tragedy serves as a grim reminder: war never has neat edges. It bleeds into other states and other eras. When you hear politicians speak of a “surgical strike,” be aware that “surgical” means “will only kill a few unintended victims.”