Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cluster bombs used in civilian areas remain a plague for years to come, so a pat on the back to two U.S. senators for moving to impose restrictions

Senators introduce bill to restrict use of cluster munitions - Yahoo! News: "Democratic senators introduced legislation that would bar US use of cluster bombs in or near civilian areas or that have a 'dud rate' of one percent or greater.

Human rights groups urged speedy action on the bill sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) of California and Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record) of Vermont.

Dropped from aircraft or fired by artillery, cluster munitions open above ground and disperse dozens to hundreds of tiny bomblets over a wide area.

Although designed to stop armored assaults, bomblets have fallen on civilian areas and littered fields long after the end of hostilities, most recently in Lebanon."

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