Why He Didn't Shake Hillary's Hand
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met a young man in Laos whose hand she couldn't shake. Three years ago, Phongsavath Souliyalat lost both his hands and his eyesight while walking home from school on his 16th birthday when a 40-year-old cluster bomb finally exploded.
There are 80 million unexploded U.S. bombs in Laos stemming from the Vietnam War era. These bombs keep on killing and maiming; they've killed 20,000 Laotian farmers and their children since the bombing ended in 1973.
Clinton's efforts in Laos are focused on encircling China with U.S. allies. She's investing in a massive new embassy in Laos, but not in a massive cleanup of our bombs. Clinton is lobbying other nations against the treaty banning cluster bombs -- a treaty signed by 111 nations but not ours.
Ask Secretary Clinton to support the Convention on Cluster Munitions and to clean up the U.S. bombs in Laos.