The rising toll of civilian casualties in Syria is an ongoing reminder that use of cluster munitions, like chemical weapons and others that affect civilians, is not acceptable by anyone, anywhere or at any time.
Regrettably, the move to eliminate cluster munitions is under attack, with the United States leading the way. The US is touting an alternative with much lower standards than US policy already requires.
We walked around a field where the ground was literally littered with small holes and flags, marking the dangerous bomblets buried inches beneath the surface. There must have been 50 munitions scattered across a field the size of a basketball court.
A variety of pressures compelled the NATO powers in Dublin to support a ban in principle while preserving American flexibility to use cluster munitions in joint operations with allies that might join the treaty.