Since our last vigil a week ago, our bombers are on their 61st
day of bombing Yugoslavia.
Since our last vigil a week ago, our bombers have bombed Iraq again also.
Since our last vigil a week ago, our ‘sanctions’ have killed another 1,500 or so Iraqi children.
CALL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY and GOVERNMENT and TELL THEM
THIS MUST STOP!
In Yugoslavia, as in every other land, children wake up on a weekend morning ready to play. They check the sky and, if it’s free of clouds and F-15s, head out into the neighborhood. They play ball, kick sticks and hunt through the grass for bits of treasure. Lately they’ve been stumbling upon some especially alluring objects – bright orange-yellow things the size of soda cans, and shiny spheres the size of tennis balls. The kids snatch them up. They explode. The kids lose an arm, an eye, or a life.
This scenario is made possible by NATO, which has been scattering the colorful trinkets across Yugoslavia for weeks. The soda-can things are CBU-87 and RBL755 bomblets, while the bright little balls are ATACMS bomblets. …NATO likes to drop them on enemy airfields, because cluster bombs release a shower of explosives that then explode again – doing great damage to planes and other equipment.
But every now and then NATO misses its mark. It drops cluster
bombs not on a military installment, but on a civilian center. This
happened earlier this month in the southern Yugoslavia city of Nis, when
an airstrike meant for an airfield instead hit a hospital complex and a
market. The damage of such a mishap doesn’t end with the airstrike.
That’s because the bomblets inside cluster bombs don’t always explode when
they’re dropped. A good 5 percent of them are duds – lying in quiet
wait for an unwitting walker to happen by. They become a kind of
land mine, detonating when they’re disturbed on the ground. Like
land mines, they remain lethal years after a conflict has ended – killing
(VOICES asks: WHY IS THE U.S. DOING THIS TO THE CHILDREN???)