FRANCE JUMPS INTO THE FRAY, THE “ARMS” RACE IS ON TO MAKE A SUPER SOLDIER
So I don’t really know how to feel about this news. Super soldiers. I’ve seen just a few movies about super soldiers. Shoot, Captain bloody America is one. But the term super soldier is pretty broad. Augmentation can mean a lot. Biologically and technology. So yes, we are talking about a door that is now open. Beyond, there lies all sorts of possibilities. Viruses that transform muscle mass into stronger, faster tissue. Cybernetic, well, anything, that could make a regular looking person anything but. And all this is now even more proximately possible because France just officially allowed the development of these…. super soldiers.
SUPER SOLDIERS COULD BE SUPER MEDICALLY, GENETICALLY, OR CYBERNETICALLY
But of course, the French call them augmented soldiers. But today’s report makes it all clear. Medical treatments to make someone super? Yes. Prosthetics? Yes. Implants? Yes. I sure hope that Steve Austin can learn how to speak French. And if you don’t know what that means, wow, just go use the Google. It’s coming back again, anyway. But France wants to limit their super soldier augmentation to specific categories. They include the physical, the cognitive, perceptive (and psychological) capacities. So if that sounds broad, it is. It opens a door into a huge room that we might otherwise simply call Pandora’s Warehouse.
SO WHO ELSE IS MAKING SUPER SOLDIERS? CHINA FOR SURE, LIKELY US, ISRAEL, EVERYONE
So ok, look. Supposedly, China is already working on this. So that means the US is too. And so, Israel. Maybe other European nations, as well. But France coming out of the un-augmented closet is pretty big. It means the race is on. But let’s also consider some other related scary science stuff. Genetic manipulation. Do you really think that we will have super soldiers that don’t also have manipulated jeans? And I don’t mean a pair of Levis with special stitching for all the extra muscle. But we just got a lot closer to hearing Captain America say for real, “That IS America’s Ass.”