It is traditional to refer to the top members of the military
as the "top brass
" (because of all their shiny metal medals
won in past campaigns). It follows, naturally, that a weapon
bearing this name would be on which had the effect of destroying only the brass -- the leadership of the armed forces
-- while leaving the regular troops intact, but leaderless.
And how best to accomplish this? One way by which this could be accomplished would be to artificially induce a sudden and sharp increase in emotional intelligence
and intellectual sensitivity
amongst those leaders -- so that they suddenly found themselves contemplating philosophy
and the arts
, and so simply no longer interested in overseeing bombing and killing.