Thursday, September 07, 2006

The problem of the Cluster Bombs

Yesterday 2 Lebanese Army soldiers were killed in Bint Jbeil while removing an unexploded cluster bomb. Civilians are also among victims...
The total number of killed and wounded since the ceasefire on the 14th of August reached 63.

Read more about cluster bombs, and whether their use conforms to international standards, as the Israelis claim, or not:

The Washington Post, by William M. Arkin
"... The problem then is that the cluster bombs themselves, to be militarily effective, have to be used in large quantities. When they are used in large quantities, they leave behind unacceptable levels of unexploded bomblets. These bomblets are also highly volatile -- that is the way so many can be affordably packed into larger containers -- which is why they are particularly a menace to civilians.
A military spokesman in Israel says: "All the weapons and munitions used by the Israel Defense Forces are legal under international law, and their use conforms with international standards."
If there is a country that has developed those standards, it is the United States...."


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