Re: Landmines (was Re: US/Foreign AID)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Thu Dec 27 2001 - 11:06:12 MST

Adrian Tymes wrote:
> You misread what I wrote. I acknowledge that the US wishes to maintain
> using *its* mines; the Korean minefield is one of its justifications.
> What I was wondering was, if it believes it can responsibly use mines
> due to technical safety features and the like, but much of the rest of
> the world wants to ban landmines due to bad use of mines without those
> safety features and is miffed at the US for refusing to play along, then
> why not simply ban mines without the safety features?

Unfortunately, that is not what the Treaty says, and Jodie Williams is
vehemently against it being diluted by such technical exceptions. She
wants them all gone, and won't accept any compromise. I could go on and
on about her real motives, but thats another discussion...

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