carpet bombing


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carpet bombing

The bombing of a large area defined by designated boundaries in such a way that damage is inflicted to all its portions.
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In the morning following the midnight carpet bombing of March 10, 1945, in Japan, I saw the sun rise as usual, as though nothing had happened in the human world.
It might be hard to lie back and enjoy a pina colada while the Americans are carpet bombing the beach.
There must be no indiscriminate carpet bombing of unknown targets.
Not content with such carpet bombing of the spinal cord, scientists achieved greater precision more recently by using antibodies to target specific cells, says Wiley.
There will be no discussion of the gradual erosion of moral restraint during World War II that led to the carpet bombing of civilian targets by both sides.
A "take no prisoners" approach is likely to elicit the sae reaction as that resulting from the Allies' indiscriminate carpet bombing in the Second World War--a strengthening of the will to resist and an enhanced sense of opposition.
The Congress government in Maharashtra has been carpet bombing the public with its Bharat Nirman advertisements.
Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, shortly after masterminding the carpet bombing of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War and when he was an ally to military dictators in South America.
Our parliament has protected it from the carpet bombing.
The Americans had complete control of the skies over Vietnam (Laos and Cambodia), used carpet bombing and defoliation, yet where did it get them?
Carpet bombing of railway lines and factories in daylight by the Americans was a failure and the same would have applied here.