Politics - Senator Kucinich's ethical battle against cluster bombs
|Sat 2/07/2011 14:05|
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NNA - 02/07/2011 U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich visited Nabih Berri Complex for the rehabilitation of the disabled and victims of cluster bombs in Sarafand-south Lebanon on Saturday, promising to deliver a message to his government on the need to stop the production of these terror weapons.
Cluster bombs could be air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapons that eject smaller munitions or bomblets. Because cluster bombs release many small bomblets over a wide area they pose risks to civilians both during attacks and afterwards. During attacks the weapons are prone to indiscriminate effects, especially in populated areas. Unexploded bomblets can kill or maim civilians long after a conflict has ended, and are costly to locate and remove. In July war of 2006, launched by Israel on Lebanon, Israeli fighter planes dispersed a large number of cluster bombs across south Lebanon. Most of these bombs were disguised in the shape of children's toys. Sadly, majority of the victims of these cluster bombs are children.
"The US has a moral responsibility to help Lebanon in this field," said the Ohio Democrat, explaining that the US continued to produce these deadly and treacherous bombs, "Once I return home, I will insist on helping [Lebanon]." Kucinich argued that production of cluster-bombs should halt mainly for the safety of mankind, "We must stop this baby-killing machine...this is the message I will carry home with me."