Posted by: Tony Carson | 27 November, 2009

US won’t sign Landmines agreement … again

Ironic, isn’t it?

The single greatest threat to the US in both Afghanistan and Iraq were the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that killed hundred of American troop …

yet the US is one of a only hand-full of countries refusing to sign an international treaty banning landmines because a policy review found the United States could not meet its security commitments without them, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Why are landmines so important to security commitments in the US more than they are in every other country in the developed world? Because the US is the war nation.

But not to worry. Reuters reports:

The United States generally abides by the provisions of the treaty. It has not used antipersonnel mines since the 1991 Gulf War, has not exported any since 1992 and has not produced them since 1997, Steve Goose, director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch, told a briefing on Monday.

But it retains a stockpile of some 10 million mines, which would contravene the accord.

Not good enough.

The US didn’t sign the Ottawa Agreement banning landmines either.

IEDs, landmines, take your pick.


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