Latin America may become the first cluster bomb-free region in the world
At an intergovernmental conference last week in Peru a number of new countries joined the ongoing discussion on how to stop the danger of cluster bombs.
According to Handicap International, 400 million people live in affected areas where they are at risk from unexploded cluster bomblets, and 98 percent of victims are civilians, many of whom are children, who sometimes mistake the bomblets for toys.
Needless to say, the U.S., which both produces and uses cluster bombs, is in opposition to this process to globally ban the weapons that are such an unnecessary and irresponsible danger to civilians.
U.S. made cluster ‘bomblets,’ the smaller bombs within the larger bomb that are set loose to cover an area approximately the size of a football field, are notorious for not detonating; leaving small golfball-sized bombs behind that will randomly detonate when picked up, played with by children or inadvertently disturbed while plowing fields.
The United States has also used a large number of these cluster bombs in Iraq in 2003, though exact figures are classified, leaving these bomblets in towns, communities and fields to threaten the lives of inhabitants for generations to come in much the same way that landmines do.