Monday, May 28, 2007
How Our U.S. Military Kills Innocent Civilians
Cluster bombs are weapons that keep killing, long after the war ends.
Individual bomblets can fail to detonate on impact, leaving behind large numbers of unexploded duds akin to landmines.
These bombs continue to maim and kill innocent men, women and children years after the bombs dropped.
Cluster bombs that the U.S. dropped 40 years ago in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam still kill people today. Since 1973, when the U.S. dropped the last cluster bomb on Laos, 12,000 Laotian civilians have been killed or injured by an unexploded cluster dud. Many of those men, women and children were not born when the bombs were dropped.
Cluster bombs are indiscriminate. Research in Southeast Asia has revealed that as many as 60% of casualties from unexploded cluster munitions are children.The United States has stockpiled nearly one billion bomblets. But members of Congress introduced legislation this year that would ban the use of cluster bombs in or near civilian areas and control the use, sale and transfer of almost the entire existing U.S. arsenal of cluster bombs.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team