Well that is true, and I am in error on that specific but that is also a bit misleading...
To quote Wiki..."Signatories of the Ottawa Treaty agree that they will not use, develop, manufacture, stockpile or trade in anti-personnel land mines. There were originally 122 signatories in 1997; currently[update], it has been signed by 155 countries and ratified by 153. Another 40 have yet to sign on. United States is not one of the signatories, based on lacking an exception for the DMZ of Korea.:
So the US,the moral authority refused to sign the treaty that bans anti personel land mines....and cluster bombs which are particularly heinous in their similiar result to children and other innocents, where does the US lie in manufacture and potential use of those items...? Who suppied Israel with the ones they used in the last conflct they engaged in...? Well 107 countries have signed on to ban their use....think the US is one of them? NO the US is in fact one of 14 countries in recent history to have not only manufactured and stockpiled them but to have used them.
And the US as the article states...... despite not manufacturing land mines remains with one of the worlds largest stockpiles of land mines.
So that is a bit misleading. Secondarily the point is not on the specific of land mines.... the specific is on the US laying claim to have some moral authority to demand accountability for other countries war crimes.
The killing of innocents is the claim. The specific is innocents were killed by the SriLankan military when they had the last vistages of the Tamil Tigers trapped at the end of the island. RAther then engage them in basically hand to hand combat and risk many casualities the Sri Lanka forces elected to bomb the civilians and Tamil Tigers it seems.
That is a dispicible heinous act but the fact of the matter is the US has no moral authority to tell any country to be accountable for anything.
The drone attacks on Afghanistan(and prior in Iraq), have been shown unequivocally to have caused the death of many many inncocent civilians. This has been reinforced recently by the release of the Afghanistan papers which attests to this very thing. This is a war crime and the US is perpertrating it as we speak. The military has been shown by these same papers to have composed "hit squads" of operatives, assination squads which also violate the rules of war. And various incidents have surfaced which show the military indiscriminately killing journalists and other defenseless civilians which also comprises a war crime.
And not to mention the rendition and torture of suspects in the war on terror, some by waterboarding(one prisoner being waterboarded in excess of 100 times in one month) and some by other means such as cold exposure, standing or sitting in unnatural positions for long periods of time, sleep deprivation, forced nakedness, and many many other means all of which are outlawed by the Geneva convention and conidered to be war crimes when conducted by government inspiration. Some of these actions with the full knowledge of American Presidents.
Yes call your congressperson....right now!!!
So yes.... call your congressperson, so they can authorize such a demand and be literally laughed off the international stage as the entire world knows the US has recently committed war crimes of many sort, and is presently committing war crimes and thusly has no moral authority to demand anything from anyone in that regard.
Geeze LOuise how about calling your congressperson and asking them to close Guantanamo to include the secret subsite on Guantanamo, to stop renditions, and to stop the killing of innocent civilians by drone attacks.
Is there any difference under the sun between the Sri Lanka military shelling Tamil terrorists and civilians and our useing explosive drones to kill Taliban adherants and civilians....
here is a clue....there is no difference whatsoever.
If one cannot see they are the same...I just don't know what to say.
So yes call your congresspersson if you want the US and the congressperson, to look like fools on the international stage.
I....I cannot describe how the statements in this thread lead me to believe America is one lost lost cause. I will not morne its passing.
They simply have no moral authority.... not a whit. Their peoples...this thread speaks for their peoples.
Keep on keeping on America, depose democratically elected leaders in many many countries and replace them with dictators such as Salvadore Allende and the Shaw of Iran, torture, kill civilians, kidnap citizens from other countries. remove peoples to countries where we know they will be tortured as our behest, refuse to sign treaties outlawing heinous weapons which basically always target civilians, start wars without attack, 600,000 die as result,and then call for other countries to not committ war crimes.
Only in America could such a thing happen. The arrogance of America is truly outstanding.
Yes, call right now!!! Don't delay.
Excuse me as I silently weep at the destruction of a once great nation as it falls by self indulgence and corruptions heavy hand.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.