Sunday, March 28, 2010

PLN 19

UK outlaws cluster bombs, calls for global ban from CNN

In this article, it discusses how cluster bombs were banned in the United Kingdom and the UK is attempting to get the world to ban these bombs. Cluster bombs are bombs designed to spread smaller bombs across a wide area, these bombs cause areas to be steered clear from in more than 20 countries. Over 104 nations have agreed to this treaty that bans use and production of the cluster bombs. There are four nations who have not signed this treaty such as the United States, Russia, China and Israel claiming they need it for their defense strategies. These four nations are also the largest cluster bomb makers. Some believe that these bombs are cruel and indiscriminate, these bombs are still killing people even though the small bombs were dropped three decades earlier. This can affect people on a world wide scale because civilians in different countries are being killed from these bombs which are still being produced today. This can affect people in their own homes and country because they are dropped anywhere and can be hard to spot until it is too late. Cluster bombs are expensive to locate and remove from any area especially populated areas where they can affect civilians long after wars. These bombs are meant to destroy military vehicles and to disperse biological weapons.

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