Friday, November 10, 2006
This photo from al-balad newspaper shows an unexploded Israeli cluster bomb filled with an estimated 600 bomblets . Had this exploded it would have spread these bomblets all over the area, ready to kill any man, woman , or child who had the misfortune to disturb them. The Israelis deployed most of these in the last few days of the war when it was apparent that they were going to be leaving soon. Just a going away present I guess. Since then several men women and children have been killed and maimed by these bomblets. It is estimated that there are over a million bomblets left and that it is going to take about two years to clear them up. I think this is an optimistic view: in Vietnam they are still dying to this day from similar devices left over from the Vietnam war.