U.S. won’t join 100 countries who want to ban cluster bombs

U.S. won’t join 100 countries who want to ban cluster bombs January 18, 2008

From Reuters/CommonDreams.org:

Cluster bombs, which nearly 100 countries are seeking to ban, should not be considered bad as long as states involved in conflicts use them responsibly, a senior United States official said on Wednesday. 

The official, who declined to be identified, also told a background briefing that Washington was planning to create a “quick reaction force”, or QRF, to handle threats to civilians from remnants of war, like cluster bombs.

The official’s remarks, which could not be quoted directly, clearly confirmed that Washington — like Russia, China and some other powers — remained opposed to banning the weapon.

He spoke as negotiators on updating a 1981 international agreement on especially dangerous conventional weapons (CCW) met in Geneva to prepare for “expert discussions” on cluster weapons next year under the United Nations umbrella.

Cluster munitions include a variety of weapons that can spread up to hundreds of bomblets over a target area. Up to 30 percent fail to explode, posing a threat to civilians for many years after a conflict.

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  • RonPaulForNow

    From what little I gathered, it looks like the ban would not apply to so-called “smart” cluster bombs which have a self-destruct mechanism so there is really no excuse for opposing this ban.

  • Sure there is: for the U.S., all options must remain on the table. 🙂

  • Is it really suprising for a nation that claims the right to torture, to invade countries at whim, and to claim that foreigners who show up at its door step have at best a right to protection against “gross physical abuse”? Dear God, one more year of this regime…

  • Donald R. McClarey

    Interesting comments at the linked site. The commenters seemed to be unable to decide which country they despise most: the US or Israel? A common quandry at hard left sites.

  • radicalcatholicmom

    Why doesn’t this surprise. I have to second MM’s opinion.

  • arewak

    Keeping the global balance…priceless. God bless Putin.

  • A common quandry at hard left sites.

    Common Dreams a “hard left” site? Hahahah. You need to get out more, Donald.

  • should not be considered bad as long as states involved in conflicts use them responsibly,

    “Responsibly”? There is just something very ridiculous about this statement.

  • Indeed.

  • Ut videam

    God bless Putin.

    Who also opposes the cluster bomb ban, according to the article. God bless him indeed.

  • Who also opposes the cluster bomb ban, according to the article. God bless him indeed.

    God bless him for opposing the ban?