Letters to the Editor

‘Mother of all bombs’ nickname is offensive to mothers

In an undated photo provided by the Air Force, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs,” at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
In an undated photo provided by the Air Force, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs,” at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. NYT

As a mother of twins, I take offense when the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb is referred to colloquially as the “mother of all bombs.”

Worse, this characterization is legitimized by the press. Many mothers are nurturant, care-taking, loving people to their children of all ages, and to associate this construct with death and destruction is at least lazy thinking and, at worst, insulting.

JoAnn Fitzgerald, Los Osos

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