And Finally…

Last post on this for the night.

We, the US, in the illustrious company of heartwarmers Russia, China, and Israel (and a few others), were administered a rare defeat in our attempt to roll back the clock on international humanitarian law as it concerns cluster munitions:

The effort by the US and other users and stockpilers of cluster munitions to create a new protocol to the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) was rejected on November 25, 2011, in Geneva after more than 50 states said there was no consensus for adopting it.

A powerful alliance comprised of Norway, Austria, Mexico, and about 50 other governments, as well as several UN agencies (most notably the UN Development Programme), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the CMC, led by Human Rights Watch, fought the creation of the CCW protocol. In addition to highlighting the humanitarian harm that could be brought about by the proposed protocol, the alliance expressed strong concern that it represented a regression in international humanitarian law, and could have set a precedent where, for the first time, nations agreed to an international instrument with weaker provisions than one on the same subject that had already been adopted.

“It is a great day for those who care about the protection of civilians,” Goose said. “This protocol would have given political and legal cover to those who want to continue to use these weapons that have already caused so much human suffering.”

Way to show your leadership and common decency, Norway, Austria, Mexico, about 50 other governments, several UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the CMC led by Human Rights Watch.

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