The weapons that will never stand down

by Ramzy Baroud

Cluster bombs are in the news again. Amnesty International has confirmed that 35 women and children were killed by the weapons following a US attack on an alleged al-Qaida hideout in Yemen.

There were initial attempts to bury the story. Yemen officially denied that any civilians had been killed as a result of the December 17 strike on al-Majala in the south.

However it proved impossible to cover up what is believed to be the largest loss of life in a single US attack in the country.

Even if the civilian casualties were a miscalculation on the part of the US military, these deaths underline that cluster munitions are far too dangerous a weapon to be used in war. They have no place whatsoever in civilian areas.

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