Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Call to ban bombs that lie in wait for children
"The Greens' Senator Kerry Nettle, flanked by leaders of the Uniting Church, said yesterday that the use of more than 14million cluster bombs in the 1991 Gulf War put the lie to the argument by pro-war advocates that an attack on Iraq would be in the humanitarian interests of the Iraqi people.

"Cluster bombs, which have a high failure rate, are part of the conventional weaponry of the United States and Britain. Two years after the 1991 war in Iraq unexploded cluster bombs had been responsible for killing 1600 civilians and injuring 2500 others. Sixty per cent of victims were children under 15."

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