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On cluster bombs.

The Holy See has called for a moratorium on the use of cluster bombs by warring nations. Archbishop Tomasi, the Holy See's permanent observer to the U.N. in Geneva, pointed out that cluster munitions were used in the wars in Kosovo, Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and they are causing a "humanitarian tragedy" due to their releasing a number of bomblets. These submunitions can then perforate armoured vehicles with their explosive cargo, wound or kill people (including civilians) with their shrapnel, and cause fires (Zenit, Sept. 27, 2006). The worst of it is that many bomblets remain unexploded until the civilian population returns to the area only to be confronted by innumerable small explosions, maiming or killing individuals, often children.
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Publication:Catholic Insight
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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