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International Mine Ban Treaty

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams talks about the Obama Administration's mixed messages on whether the United States will sign the International Mine Ban Treaty, which 156 nations are party to. She’ll also discuss the work of her organization, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Guests:

Jody Williams

Comments [8]

phyllis

Well, Suzanne, that certainly gives the phrase "it's no picnic" a whole new meaning.

Dec. 08 2009 12:40 PM
Robert from Brooklyn, NY

Can we please ask this guest to stop the "flip-flop" talking point???????

Dec. 08 2009 12:39 PM
IMHO

what was the nature of the bush administration's objection to signing the treaty? was it simply that he didn't want to appear to be "taking orders" from foreigners?

Dec. 08 2009 12:39 PM
Suzanne from New York

I once worked as a tour guide at a World War I war memorial in northern France. Every so often, some sheep grazing nearby would blow themselves up on a decades-old land mine probably laid in 1917. On one occasion, some picnickers came racing over to report they had almost eaten their lunch on top of the tip of an unexploded shell. These things stay lethal for generations.

Dec. 08 2009 12:36 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

There is one clear reason the US will not act against landmines: the one country it kowtows to most use mines extensively -- Israel. Some reports suggest Israel may even be using nuclear landmines in the Golan Heights to deter Syria.

Dec. 08 2009 12:33 PM
Mark

Oh, nevermind, I realized what it is. Israel uses landmines against the Palestinians so no way the US will sign that treaty!

Dec. 08 2009 12:08 PM
Mark

It might be because of the bombs the US drops on countries it attacks. They have a kind of bomb that breaks apart and leaves little unexploded peices everywhere making it dangerous to drive or walk through the bombed area. Maybe this US favorite would be banned under the treaty?

Dec. 08 2009 12:02 PM
George from Bay Ridge

Why has the United States been reluctant to ban land mines? Could the host explain the types of mines we deploy? How about claymore mines?

Dec. 08 2009 04:42 AM

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