Jane’s Defense Weekly reports the United States will refuse to sign the treaty banning the use of land mines and will continue to use some mines. Talk about your force for peace in the world, the Bush Administration is reversing yet another Clinton policy that won Americans favor as a leader for peace. I suppose 9/11 could have been prevented if it hadn’t been for the Clinton cave-in on land mines?
Just consider the following and take a moment to think about the cruel nature that would refuse to ban these murderous instruments:
Ethiopia: Two Million Threatened By Landmines
The Ethiopian Landmine Impact Survey also reveals that over the past two years 16,000 people have been involved in landmine blast incidents, of whom 1,295 were killed or injured.
“There is a chance that anyone of these 2 million people could be injured or killed by landmines or unexploded ordnance [UXO]. Their daily lives are hindered in one way or another by landmines,” Adam Combs of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), the survey’s director, told IRIN on Wednesday.
PROJECT AIMS TO CLEAR LANDMINES FROM BOSNIA
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced a multimillion dollar project to help Bosnia and Herzegovina – Europe’s most heavily landmine-affected country – eliminate the deadly threat posed by those weapons.
Surveys have so far identified an estimated 670,000 mines and 650,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) at 10,000 locations, blighting more than 4 per cent of the total territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the agency. Only 10 per cent of these areas have been cleared.
Since the end of war in 1995, mines have killed almost 1,500 people and injured about 5,000 others in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
That the Bush Administration would act to propagate the use of mines by claiming the right to use them is criminal.