Thursday, August 31, 2006

Update on Cluster Bombs


From here:
Pressure for an international ban on cluster bombs has intensified as Israel stands accused of littering southern Lebanon with thousands of unexploded bombs in the final hours of its war against Hizbollah.

Campaigners yesterday accused the Israel Defence Force of leaving a "minefield" of deadly bomblets in villages and fields after firing hundreds of cluster shells, rockets and bombs across its northern border in the three days before hostilities ended earlier this month. (emphas added)
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Chris Clarke, head of the UN mine action service in southern Lebanon, said: "This is without a doubt the worst post-conflict cluster bomb contamination I have ever seen."
Get that, the last three days of hostilities. You know, if any other country, particularly one of those "Islamofascist" countries, had done this, we would be all over them like chicken pox demanding sanctions, retaliation, human right's court, and docketing them like that guy Sadam Hussein. What, pray tell, is the difference between gassing civilians and cluster bombing civilians? Alright, I'll give you the issue of numbers killed. What about atomic bombs? And who used those?

Update 1: see here for a little bit stronger language.

Update 2:
United Nations - The U.N. humanitarian chief on Wednesday accused Israel of "shocking" and "completely immoral" behavior for dropping large numbers of cluster bombs on Lebanon when a cease-fire in its war with Hezbollah was in sight.

3 comments:

Felix Grant said...

I've seen an awful lot of the damage those little bastards (clustered bomblets, I mean) can do.

Once watched more than a dozen adults and more than 20 children minced up in the process of clearing a school which just happened to be in the middle of a cluster seeded area. I still see red mist when I think of it, two and a bit decades on. Ach.

A US/UK invention originally.

Dr. C said...

Felix,
Thanks for visiting. If you don't mind, I am going to put you on my blog roll.

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