“A coalition of countries including Britain on Friday defeated an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The weapons, which have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon scatter “bomblets” over a wide area, maiming and killing civilians, notably children, long after they have been dropped and are banned under a 2008 convention which was adopted by the UK and in more than 100 countries. The US, refused to sign and in negotiations in Geneva, over the past two weeks pressed for a protocol to be added to a UN convention to provide legal cover for the continuing use of cluster munitions. But smaller countries, supported by agencies including Amnesty and Oxfam, refused to give way…………”
Interesting bedfellows: a cluster bomb fan club. The United States, China, Israel, and Russia: these are superpowers each in their own region, yet they feel the need to endanger civilians to death and maiming through the use of these dirty bombs. Mr. Obama is going along, at least: now that is no change most people would believe in, especially the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan and Lebanon who have been targets, victims, of these cruel (and unnecessary) bombs.