cluster bombs

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 26, 2008

01-moking25.jpg02-jimnsue01.jpgThis  This item was in kikoshouse today:
Barack Obama wants to ban the use of cluster bombs while Hillary Clinton and John McCain don’t.
What makes the use of these submunitions, which are miniature bombs nested inside a mother bomb, so insidious is that they drop beneath tissue parachutes and are magnets for unsuspecting Iraqi children.
Some 82 countries have signed the Wellington Declaration to ban cluster bombs, but don’t expect the U.S. to join them anytime soon.

Cluster Bombsare air-dropped or ground-launched munitions that eject a number of smaller submunitions (“bomblets”).When they are dropped on enemy territory, many of the bomblets fail to explode, and form a land mine like hazard. They are often dropped with tissue like parachutes. They have been called “Lethal Pinatas“.
They are often a bright yellow. This is similar to food packages, and can confuse someone who does not speak english.
They remain on the ground, waiting to explode, when civilian populations return home after the war. According to
Handicap International:
Ninety-eight percent of cluster submunitions casualties are civilians killed and injured while returning home in the aftermath of conflict or while going about their daily tasks to survive.
2-Violence against civilians to achieve military or political objectives.
Does dropping bomblets on a civilian area qualify as terrorism?


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