DUBLIN -- An international treaty banning the use of cluster bombs
was signed by 111 nations in May. Cluster bombs disperse thousands of
"bomblets" over a target that detonate in a devastating cloud
Unfortunately, a small percentage of these bomblets routinely do
not explode, remaining a menace to small children and farm animals for
decades. The new treaty aims to prohibit the use of such weapons under
all circumstances. The United States, which previously refused to join a
global landmine ban, was a lone holdout among major Western powers.