Cluster bombs now illegal in 111 countries. Guess who still wants them ? May 30, 2008Posted by dorigo in news, politics.
Tags: civility, cluster bomb
In Dublin a historic agreement, initiated last year by the Norway government, has been signed today by 111 countries who thereby banned cluster bombs, and vow to get rid of their stocks of these devices in the next eight years, as well as to not produce, store, or use them any more.
Cluster bombs are horrble devices that disperse hundreds of mini-bombs on the ground. These can be active for years and have caused more than ten thousand reported victims among civilians so far. There are several different designs for cluster bombs, aimed at very diverse targets – wikipedia has a very informative entry on them.
Now guess which were the countries that voted against the ban. Surely uncivilized, retrograde, war-mongering states ? Well, you got it. The United States, Russia, Israel, India, China, Pakistan. That’s about right.