Friday, December 12, 2003

Cluster F____ing Hearts And Minds

One wonders about the professed strategy of winning hearts and minds when you are using cluster munitions in urban areas against an overwhelmed opponent (not to mention initially lying about it). Not only have these bomblets killed upwards of 1,000 Iraqi civilians, but they are also responsible for continuing American troop casualties as well.

Friendly fire by our own careless and destructive litter.
The use of cluster munitions in populated areas caused more civilian casualties than any other factor in the coalition´s conduct of major military operations in March and April, Human Rights Watch said. U.S. and British forces used almost 13,000 cluster munitions, containing nearly 2 million submunitions, that killed or wounded more than 1,000 civilians.