USCBL: ‘Tell Obama to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions’
The US Campaign to Ban Landmines is urging campaigners to email the Obama administration and call for the US to accede to the Mine Ban and Cluster Munitions Ban treaties. Click here to read their action alert.
USCBL points out that the US has not used landmines since 1992 nor cluster munitions since 2003. Indeed, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has recognized that cluster munitions are a weapon of “grave humanitarian concern” and ordered the beginning of US cluster bomb stockpiles in 2018. Thus the US has already acknowledged the problem, and thus would require only relatively small steps to fully enter the international bans.
Moreover, the campaign highlights the casualties, both civilian and military (including US troops), caused by US cluster munitions in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Click on the video above to hear the story of Lynn Bradach, whose son Travis, a US Marine, was killed by a US cluster submunition in Iraq. Read more of her story here.