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Banning them is the only option!

The other day the SBS TV Dateline program screened a segment on cluster bombs - and especially the fact that some 72 hours before the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon last year, that Israel dropped thousands of cluster bombs in Southern Lebanon.

"10 years ago, a committed bunch of international activists received the Nobel Peace Prize for their campaign to have landmines banned worldwide. As a result of their efforts, close enough to three-quarters of the world has signed up to the ban. Now, these same people have their sights set on cluster bombs. And at the forefront of their effort is an Australian, John Rodsted, who these days pretty much devotes his entire life to ridding the world of these deadly weapons. David Brill recently travelled with Rodsted to southern Lebanon, where people are still dying from the cluster bombs rained down by the Israelis in the last days of that recent war."

Watch the video clip, on SBS, here. Two things are certain. First, Israel stands roundly condemned for dropping the cluster bombs. Secondly, these singularly harmful weapons must be banned. Incidentally, the US supplied Israel with the cluster bombs. It has questioned Israel's use of them. And the outcome of that? Zip!

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