Ashlinn Sarani writes in Third Way Cafe about the scourge of cluster bombs, MCC’s advocacy for a ban and ways you can get involved. Excerpts:
Meet the cluster bomb. It is a small explosive submunition or bomblet that is delivered from a long distance to its target in a large canister. They are meant to detonate on ground impact and send metal flying that is able to do damage over areas of land as large as several football fields. However, between 10 and 30 percent of these bomblets are often “duds”-they do not explode when they hit the ground, but instead stay dangerously intact until something or someone comes into contact with them weeks, months or years later. Because of this, cluster munitions are an especially pernicious type of weapon. Even when these bombs are not dropped in civilian areas, they have high potential to kill, maim, or disable civilians. They disrupt life long after an armed conflict has ended.
It might seem incongruous to discuss “responsible” weaponry from a Mennonite point of view, but Mennonite Central Committee has long advocated for banning cluster bomb use. This past December, government representatives from 94 countries gathered in Oslo, Norway to sign a treaty that would ban the use, storage, production and transfer of cluster bombs. Unfortunately the United States did not participate. Encouragingly, President Obama’s transition team has promised to review the treaty.
Most recently, MCC U.S. signed a letter to President Obama urging him to join with other nations in banning the use of these deadly weapons.
The full article is available at thirdway.com.