US senators send letter to Obama urging landmine ban

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    AFP: US senators send letter to Obama urging landmine ban

    Very interesting to say the least, thoughts?
     
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    I don't like the idea of signing a treaty that says we will not ever do something.

    Just don't do it, but reserve the right to do so if deemed necessary.
     
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    I wouldn't eliminate land mines entirely, they still provide good defense for troops in closing areas to infiltration. There just needs to be a way to quickly deactivate them so that they don't remain a threat permanantly
     
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    I agree with Rightwinger on this. They need to have a timer on how dangerous they are. But they are a useful tool.

    What folks object to is that mines are everywhere, hard to remove and still kill generations after the war is over.
     
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    It's a terrifying thought if you lived in a area where you can't have your kids play outside, otherwise a landmine might blow them up where they would lose a limb or even worse.

    I can see the use for landmines, and Radio makes a great point. I would figure with technology though we would have landmines at this point that can be deactivated remotely and easily without loss of life or limb.
     
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    why? just because heaven forbid we should live by a set of moral laws?
     
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    Do you really think that the American Government has never thrown a signed treaty out the window whenever it no longer suits them?
     
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    We don't need to sign a treaty to hold ourselves to a set of morals.

    Like I said, just don't use them. But to sign a treaty saying we will never use them backs us into a corner, geopolitically and militarily, that there's no reason to back into IMO.

    I'd be OK with internal United State legislation outlawing certain types of landmines. Just not so much with an international treaty banning all types of landmines.
     
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    I dunno....let me go ask the Indians.

    But it's better to not sign a treaty that you might need to break then, no?
     
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