Dira Dawa, Northern Ethiopia, January 2007

Inside emergency shelter camp, following massive flooding which left thousands of villagers homeless.

27 May 2011


In 2003 I co-authored Op-Ed, published in The Oregonion newspaper (Portland, OR) which decried the Bush administration's refusal to sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. The piece states that the United States was, at the time, one of a small group of nations still claiming a 'right' to utilize, trade and manufacture this particularly gruesome, indiscriminate weapon of terror which kills innocent civilians.

Guess what? Eight years later -- substitute "OBAMA" for "BUSH" and the Op-Ed applies without any change at all.

Now it is Barrack Obama's turn to remain conspicuously in alignment with a rogue group of nations, including Syria, Cuba, and Kazakhstan, which refuse to join the Mine Ban Treaty, standing in stark ethical contrast with the vast majority of the world's governments - more than 150 - including nearly every nation in western hemisphere and Europe - which have agreed to rid the world of this outdated and civilian-killing weapon.

YES HE DIDN'T: The Obama administration STILL has not acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty.


See original Op-Ed from 2003 here: http://www.banminesusa.org/news/965_news.htm#terrorism

1 comment:

  1. I don't understand how they could not sign this. Did you ever see the movie "Without Borders" with Angelina Jolie? The movie is related to this topic, I think you'd like it...