Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Cluster bombs & the Vietnam war
Nations sign cluster bomb treaty
Cluster bombs contain hundreds of "bomblets" that can cover a large area
The first of more than 100 countries have begun signing a treaty to ban current designs of cluster bombs, at a conference in Oslo, Norway.
Campaigners are hailing the treaty as a major breakthrough.
But some of the biggest stockpilers, including the US, Russia and China are not among them.
First developed during World War II, cluster bombs contain a number of smaller bomblets designed to cover a large area and deter an advancing army.
But campaigners, including some in the military, have long argued they are outmoded and immoral because of the dangers posed to civilians from bombs that do not explode and litter the ground like landmines
cluster bombs, napalm and agent orange.
Well the scars of napalm disappear when the injured die off.
Cluster bombs and age are still around for many a long year.