More than 120 countries are meeting in New Zealand to discuss an agreement limiting the use of cluster bombs. The talks – launched last year – aim to smooth progress towards the signing of a global treaty later this year.
But some major producers and buyers of cluster bombs – including the US, Israel, Russia and China – are absent.
Cluster bombs are controversial because they often fail to explode on contact with the ground, and may later end up killing or maiming civilians.
The UN has estimated that 40% of the victims of cluster bombs are children.
(Source: BBC News)
Funny how this article doesn’t mention that we used cluster bombs in our illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq:
“It’s appalling that, despite the well-documented problems with cluster weapons, the US and UK are dropping them on Iraq,” Andrew Purkis, chief executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund said in a statement.
“We urge people to join our campaign to put pressure on governments to take responsibility for the clear up of these indiscriminate weapons of war. Until then, cluster bombs must not be used.”
But then, when we use cluster bombs to kill and maim kids, that’s good because we’re the good guys.
If China or Russia or North Korea or Iran or Al Qaeda use cluster bombs, that’s bad because they’re the bad guys.