In his latest battle to maintain his dictatorship over the masses that don’t want him in power, Libya’s idiot-tyrant Col. Muammar Qadaffi has used cluster bombs on civilians, leading Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to remark at a news conference in Berlin:
“I’m not surprised by anything that Colonel Qadaffi and his forces do.”
I’m not surprised that the Sec. of State of the United States would condemn a country … for doing the same thing. About a year and a half ago, for example, Yemen and the U.S. used cluster bombs in a strike that killed civilians.
According to Amnesty International:
“Shortly after the attack some US media reported alleged statements by unnamed US government sources who said that US cruise missiles launched on presidential orders had been fired at two alleged al-Qa’ida sites in Yemen.”
Cluster bombs are a particularly nasty weapon in a world of nasty weapons; they’re indiscriminate and therefore impossible to use without killing civilians. As Amnesty arms control researcher Mike Lewis pointed out:
“Cluster munitions have indiscriminate effects and unexploded bomblets threaten lives and livelihoods for years afterwards. All governments responsible for using them must urgently provide assistance to clear unexploded munitions.”
“Cluster bombs have posed a deadly threat in every conflict in which they have been used and have repeatedly caused excessive harm to civilians.”
These pictures show what their victims look like. (Warning: these pictures depict non-whites that aren’t Christian as real human beings. Viewer discretion is advised.) And of the eight major producers of this awesome weapon, according to the Arms Control Association, four are American –Alliant Techsystems, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin and Textron.
So, as the Obama administration carries out what I like to call “Operation Libyan Freedom” on a regime it once armed while working to undermine freedom elsewhere, it’s not surprising that the United States is one of the few countries that didn’t sign the treaty banning cluster bombs. And neither should this tidbit that appeared in the New York Times:
“Libya, like the United States, is not a signatory to the convention.”
Neither is Yemen.