30 May 2008

Countries agree to cluster bomb ban

Apparently, a group of countries that don't have cluster bombs have decided to ban them. Here's what these geniuses came up with:
The countries agreed never to use cluster munitions or the explosive bomblets they contain, and they also agreed never to develop, acquire, retain or transfer cluster munitions, according to the official treaty document.
Just one teensy, tiny problem:
Some of the biggest makers and users of cluster bombs cited by human rights groups -- such the United States, Russia, China and Israel -- were not involved in the talks and did not sign the accord. Organizers expressed hope that those nations would nevertheless be pressured into compliance.
Hmmm...give up one of the best area denial munitions ever devised? Listen, we're just gonna have to, um, you know, pass.

Good luck on that whole "pressure" thing, too. Speaking of, there's nothing quite like a good thermobaric bomb, unless it's a whole cluster of 'em!
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