Wednesday, September 06, 2006

GOP Senators Vote To Cluster Bomb Civilians

Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to allow U.S. Forces to use controversial cluster bomb munitions on civilian targets. Led by Alaska Senator Ted Bridge to Nowhere Stevens, the Senate defeated an amendment that would have prohibited the use of cluster bombs on civilians.

"For too long, innocent civilians, not enemy combatants, have suffered the majority of casualties from cluster munitions," Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy said. "The recent experience in Lebanon is only the latest example of the appalling human toll of injury and death. Strict rules of engagement are long overdue."

Haaretz article

Originally invented by Nazi German scientists, cluster bombs often leave unexploded ordinance scattered like so many toys across a large area. Children in Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon have suffered and died in great numbers after encounters with cluster bomblets. The tiny bombs are designed to look like colorful balls or small toys so that children are more likely to play with them and get killed. Munitions manufacturers generate incredible profits from the sale of cluster bombs to U.S., U.K., and Israeli military forces. U.S. and foreign manufacturers design several types of cluster bombs so that they can be delivered by artillery units on the ground or dropped from military planes overhead.

Corporations involved in the manufacture of cluster bombs include: Insys Ltd., Lockheed Martin, EADS, Daimler Chrysler, Giat Industries, MBDA, Rhienmetall, RUAG, SAAB, Denel, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Textron. Tens of thousands of Americans enjoy a comfortable living from the sale of these indiscriminate human-butchering tools. Many of the people employed by the sale of cluster bombs actually call themselves "Christians." Most of these individuals have never seen the hospital wards full of child victims of cluster bombs.

Armed forces of many nations now maintain stocks of cluster bombs but U.S, Israeli, and the U.K. forces derive the most pleasure from the use of these heinous weapons.

Learn more about cluster bombs at these sites: Wikipedia
International Cluster Munition Coalition

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