It had to happen somewhere: the first country to publicly state they are planning to use nanotechnology in weapons is -- Israel.
They quote two news articles. First, the Sydney Morning Herald:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has given the green light for Israel to set up a special office to develop a nanotechnology arsenal.
Yediot Aharonot said that Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres had been told to choose 15 top thinkers to focus on developing futuristic weaponry. The 15 would be selected from within the security establishment, the world of hi-tech and academia.
And then, Spiegel Online:
"The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry," said Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres. "It's illogical to send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist. So we are building futuristic weapons."
Foresight's Christine Peterson says what we always say:
Misuse of nanotech-based weapons may be the biggest problem of the 21st century.
Finally, a couple of commenters at Nanodot make great points. First, Tapani:
Creating even more deadly weapons, then those used today, is not development. It is stupidity, large scale, dangerous stupidity. Inabilty to figure out and maintain solutions, that would not require killing those who are somehow opposed to your political and ecomical goals.
I’m not suprised, but still I feel disappointed. Our species can never achieve its fullest potential, we are too busy destroying ourselves.
Second, John Joyce:
We use to aspire from 'swords to plowshares' now it it seems to be the other way round.