The Obama Administration is pushing to allow the use of a weapon prohibited by an international treaty because of its indiscriminate killing and maiming of civilians, particularly children. The US is seeking clearance for all cluster munitions made after 1980 even though the weapons are currently banned by 111 states that have agreed to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).
The anti-personnel weapon is designed to inflict mass casualties. Cluster bombs and artillery shells are filled with hundreds of even thousands of “bomblets,” which disperse at random, and on impact, explode into thousands of projectiles that rip through bodies and structures. Perhaps most maliciously, they have a very high failure rate, which leaves countless duds scattered across a landscape, liable to explode at the slightest touch.
You may remember someone named Princess Diana? She did many things during her life. One of the things she worked the most on was cluster mines. She spoke often and eloquently about the damage they did, the danger they were to all, especially children.
But here we are in 2011 and Barack Obama's trying to make them acceptable. He really is disgusting.
You can find out more about their dangers at the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.