The Biden Administration is planning to send internationally-banned cluster bombs to Ukraine in a desperate bid to shore up a slow counter-offensive against Russian troops.
Instead of supporting a ceasefire and peace talks, the Pentagon is sending illegal weapons to a conflict zone. Your urgent action is needed. Congress can block the transfer of these weapons whenever they want, but they need to hear from you.
There’s a reason why over 100 countries have banned the use of cluster munitions. Shells that contain hundreds to thousands of smaller bomblets dropped from the air to litter areas the size of football fields. These shiny bomblets often do not explode until children – thinking they are toys – pick them up and have their limbs ripped off.
During the secret U.S. war on Laos, the U.S. military blanketed the country with almost 300-million bomblets. Many of them never detonated, killing and injuring tens of thousands of Lao people in the decades after the US pulled out of Southeast Asia.
Has the U.S. not learned it's lesson? Cluster bombs don't end wars: they prolong the killing years after wars end.
Marcy, Medea and the whole CODEPINK Team