The Case For Cluster Bombs

Apr 18 2011 @ 11:18am

Qaddafi's forces are now using these diffuse weapons in civilian areas. They often don't explode on impact and therefore pose a danger to the surrounding public for years after firing. Nonetheless, Andrew Exum has a qualified defense of them:

I understand why the United States is not a signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions — just as I understand why the United States is not a signatory to the Ottawa Treaty on land mines. … [C]luster munitions have their uses in combat. In defensive, conventional warfare — such as the kind of warfare the United States and its Korean allies prepare for daily on the Korean Peninsula — cluster munitions and land mines would be terribly useful. I certainly would not want to take either weapon system off the table for commanders there. (Plus, cluster munitions are getting smarter.)