Pressure-cooker bombs and cluster bombs are both extremely cruel -- shredding human flesh to produce maximum pain, injury and death.
"Boston Bombs Were Loaded to Maim," a New York Times headline shouted.
U.S. cluster bombs have done the same in places like Afghanistan and Yemen. Shouldn't we end that hypocrisy?
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Cluster bombs have been banned since 2010 by a treaty that 81 nations are already party to. Another 27 nations have signed but not yet ratified. The United States is not among the signers, serving rather as the chief opponent of the treaty.
That's morally unacceptable.
The Pentagon's cluster bombs caused more civilian casualties in Iraq in 2003 and Kosovo in 1999 than any other weapon. Those actions were illegal at the time, under the Geneva Conventions.
When cluster bombs are dropped in residential areas, many bomblets fail to explode and are picked up later by curious and unfortunate children.
Causalities from failed cluster sub-munitions rose between 1991 and 2007 from 5,500 to 80,000 -- and 24% of the victims were children under 14.
Let's end the use of cluster bombs. Tell the President and Congress to sign and ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
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Norman Solomon: "The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink"
United Nations: "Convention on Cluster Munitions"