Thursday, May 17, 2007

Weapons of Mass Destruction? Look No Further.

How does this sound for weapons of mass destruction - 132 million unexploded cluster bomblets? Handicap International estimates there are between 22-132 million of these nasty devices waiting to catch the unwary in some 20-countries. From The Guardian:

"The vast majority of cluster bomb casualties occur while victims are carrying on their daily lives, says the report, Circle of Impact: The Fatal Footprint of Cluster Munitions on People and Communities.

"The huge numbers turn "homes and crucial social areas of the people living in affected countries into de facto minefields", says the Brussels-based charity. "As men and boys are the traditional earners and the majority of casualties, the economic loss for both the short term and the distant future cannot be underestimated."

"In Afghanistan, boys between five and 14 who are tending animals are most likely to be casualties. In Laos, more than 1,000 people were killed by submunitions while weeding or sowing crops."


Anonymous said...

not to forget, Lebanon.

Anonymous said...

The drug dealing scum who run our countrys always trade illegal weapons just so they can live in mansions.