Neil Armstrong’s famous misquote as he was about to take a momentous step on to a new ‘world’ (he was supposed to say “One small step for A man – one Giant Leap for Mankind) applies to the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo, Norway yesterday.
These weapons have been used for decades while up to 40% of the explosives in them lie around unexploded long after the purpose for them supposedly being used has since passed (much like land mines) so that they ruin thousands of lives each year for no good reason (many of those lives innocent children who find a shiny piece of metal to play with that then explodes taking off a hand or limb – or worse).
The fact that some humans and countries still believe they have the right to develop store and stockpile these weapons for use or profit sadly means that such conventions and small steps are made necessary.
Any Country who believes in Peace and Freedom can have no valid reason to continue to ‘benefit’ from them or rely upon them for their ‘defence’. Those countries who don’t care about human life in the slightest are the only ones who should feel they have that ‘right’.
They will be known by all for the kind of people they truly are and those who have a decent moral code can justifiably shun them for it until the truth is seen and such weapons destroyed.