Friday, May 09, 2003

Pentagon says 1 civilian killed by cluster bombs; Iraq Body Count says at least 200
IBC provides here a credible and thoroughly documented analysis of this issue.

'It is understandable that the US government should wish to play down the damage done to Iraqi civilians by cluster bombs. The rules of war prohibit the use of inherently indiscriminate weapons. Cluster bombs are weapons which are incapable of being used in a manner that complies with the obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants. Those who use them in civilian areas therefore open themselves to charges of war crimes.'

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