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Secret Undeclared CIA Sponsored US War On Laos And The Killing Legacy Left Behind By 80 Million Unexploded Cluster Bombs Left In The Soil, For Children To Pick Up As They Look Like Toys

WHAT ARE CLUSTER BOMBS?

Cluster bombs: an explainer


Human Rights Watch has accused the Syrian government of using cluster bombs on civilian areas in its fight against rebels. The use of cluster munitions is banned in 77 countries under an international convention which Syria has not signed. Online video footage has shown cluster bomb dispensers and unexploded submunitions. The weapons have been identified as Russian-made RBK-250 cluster bomb dispensers and AO-1SCh fragmentation bomblets. Cluster bombs can be dropped by planes. They explode in the air delivering hundreds of submunitions over an area roughly the size of a football field. Some fail to detonate on initial impact thus becoming landmines that can threaten civilian populations. This animation demonstrates how cluster bombs work.

100 NATIONS ADOPT BAN ON CLUSTER BOMBS, BUT NOT THE US



More than 100 nations have signed a cluster bomb ban, but not the USA. 

THE SECRET UNDECLARED WAR ON LAOS, 80 MILLION UNEXPLODED CLUSTER BOMBS STILL IN SOIL, CAN EXPLODE AT ANY TIME


The Geneva Accord declared Laos a neutral country, much like Switzerland. The US was a signatory to the Geneva Accord. At that time, the war on Communism in the media as well as in politics was in full swing. The fear of Communists drove the Cold War, nuclear bomb building, nuclear power plant building, and the modern day McCarthy witch hunt trials. 

Now of course, the Communists are pretty much all our best friends, although this is not coming through in the mass media yet. These same Communist countries that used to be so hated and fear are also the places where the US exports all of it's high paying jobs nowadays, under the new mantra of 'free market capitalism'. 

Few people knew that there was a secret, CIA financed full scale bombing campaign going on in Laos, starting in 1964. Not only did the US bomb military targets, it also carpet bombed villages, farm animals, and farm fields, in an effort to starve out and/or kill the general population. (Isn't this a war crime?)

Illegal weapons of mass destruction were used in the form of napalm, phosphorus bombs and cluster bombs, which looked so much like children's balls or toys, that many children even to this day pick them up and play with them. (Isn't the use of weapons of mass destruction in a neutral country also a war crime?)

The next video describes what happens when tens of millions of unexploded cluster bombs are left behind in a small country like Laos.

US Cluster Bomb Legacy Costing Lives In Laos

The Legacy: Vietnam's war dark legacy is still costing lives in Laos. Meet the brave women trying to clear the bomb fields.

THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT CLUSTER BOMBS VIA ROOTS ACTION


The last U.S. maker of cluster bombs has stopped producing them . . . for the moment.

While 100 nations have ratified a treaty banning cluster bombs, the United States still treats this horrible weapon as legal. At any moment a U.S. maker of cluster bombs could resume production for a rush order to be used by Saudi Arabia, Israel, the U.S. military, or some other customer.

Let's seize this moment when production has ceased to put a legal ban in place. 

Cluster bombs kill, injure, traumatize, and destroy on a massive scale. They also leave numerous small, unexploded bombs lying around, which are sometimes picked up by children. The United States has dropped cluster bombs on Iraq, supplied them to Saudi Arabia for its current war on Yemen, and failed to strongly protest their use by others in the current war on Syria.

The halt in U.S. production follows protests of the bombing of civilians in Yemen, a White House pause in shipments to Saudi Arabia, and peace activist demonstrations outside the manufacturer. 

A report by Handicap International finds that "97% of victims of cluster munitions were civilians in 2015, and 36% were children. The conflicts in Yemen and Syria are among the most hazardous."

The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. It establishes a framework for cooperation and assistance to ensure adequate care and rehabilitation to survivors and their communities, clearance of contaminated areas, risk reduction education and destruction of stockpiles.

Adopted on May 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland and signed on December 3-4, 2008 in Oslo, Norway, the Convention entered into force on August 1, 2010. To date 119 nations have signed the Convention and 100 of them ratified it. The United States has not even signed it.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Watch Bombies;  movie is available on Netflix, or available for rent from video movie rental services

No More Cluster Bombs Ever. 

Take Action with @Roots_Action 


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