Trump endorses Cluster Bombs
The Trump administration scrapped a plan to eliminate cluster weapons by 2019, despite 103 nations signing an international treaty to ban production and use of such weapons in 2010.
Fifty years after the atrocities committed by America in South-East Asia, cluster bombs were still around. America supplied them to Israel in 2006 to use against Lebanon, while they were still maiming people in Laos.
What are Cluster Bombs, and why are they banned?
Cluster bombs are bombs that open in flight, releasing hundreds of explosive projectiles which on impact seriously injure or kill those within the area of the strike.
Cluster munitions are prohibited for two main reasons. First, they spread multiple bomblets or submunitions indiscriminately over a wide area, which can be devastating for civilians caught in a strike. Second, many submunitions fail to explode on initial impact, leaving dangerous duds that, like landmines, can kill and maim for years to come unless cleared and destroyed. The international treaty comprehensively bans cluster munitions and requires member countries to clear areas contaminated by cluster munition remnants within 10 years, destroy their cluster munition stocks within eight years, and provide assistance for victims.Human Rights Watch
The most bombed country in the world – yet America and Laos were not at war.
The statistics are staggering: nine years, 2.5 million tons of bombs, 580,000 bombing missions. It all added up to one secret war—a clandestine, CIA-led attempt to cut off North Vietnamese communist forces by bombarding neighbouring Laos. The war may have been covert, but its scars run deep. Former US President Obama pledged $90 million to help clean up the physical legacy of that conflict. But no amount of money can ever compensate for the cruelty America inflicted on the innocent people of Laos.
America’s moral obligation
Citing a “moral obligation” to help Laos heal, Obama announced that the United States would double previous spending in Laos. It would continue to help clean up unexploded bombs in the landlocked country. An estimated 30 percent of the bombs dropped on Laos never exploded, and Laotians continue to die when they discover or accidentally run across the unexploded ordnance.