Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Humanitarian cluster bombing posted by Richard SeymourFollowing the recent banning of cluster bombs by a number of states (including, to my surprise, the UK), the United States government has been at pains to stress that it only wants to keep the humane cluster bombs. And so:
Faced with growing international pressure, the Pentagon is changing its policy on cluster bombs and plans to reduce the danger of unexploded munitions in the deadly explosives.
The policy shift, which is outlined in a three-page memo signed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, would require that after 2018, more than 99 percent of the bomblets in a cluster bomb must detonate.
Awfully sweet of them, don't you think?