Cluster bombs are banned by 83 nations. The world recoiled in horror when it learned that Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad’s forces have killed children with such weapons.
But that isn’t stopping the U.S. military from selling $640 million worth of American-made cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, despite the near-universal revulsion at such weapons, and despite the fact that relations between the two countries haven’t been entirely copacetic of late.
Cluster bombs spit out dozens, even hundreds, of micro-munitions in order cover a wide area with death and destruction. These weapons are used for killing large groups of people, destroying thinly-skinned vehicles and dispensing landmines or poison gas. Some of the Soviet-made incendiary cluster bombs used by Assad’s forces during Syria’s civil war are even designed to light buildings on fire and then explode after sitting on the ground for a while — thereby killing anyone who gets close enough to try to extinguish the flames.
- U.S. Clears Sale Of Cluster Bombs To Saudi Arabia (thinkprogress.org)
- US Sending Saudi Arabia Thousands of Cluster Bombs, Despite International Ban (antiwar.com)
- Textron Wins Contract for Cluster Bomb Sale (fool.com)