Did you know that we in Great Britain are now proud signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions? We signed up yesterday. Sadly our cousins in North America, China and Russia are still happy to use cluster bombs to blow up their enemies. Their enemies are clearly unarmed civilians and children as, according to the group Handicap International, 98 percent of cluster bomb victims are civilians, and 27 percent are children.
Hilary Clinton supported the unrestricted use of cluster bombs so I don’t see a change of policy from the incoming US foreign secretary. Hopefully I’m wrong about that and that nice Barack Obama will brief her and get her to support a change in policy. He’s good at the message of change after all.
I shall be writing to my MP like a proper grown up person and asking him* to seek further restrictions on the use of these despicable weapons. I would certainly like to see a ban on production and sale as well as use and I’ll be asking him to push for that. If you want to do something then you could sign the ePetition on the government’s web site or you could write to your MP.
The idea is to stop more injuries like this:
*I know who he is but you can find out who your MP is from www.theyworkforyou.com