Xavier Cano Tamayo


Only good education that my parents gave me prevents me from saying with all the words suggesting such a declaration. Argue military utility to make and use bombs bunch that kill civilians? Was not very useful militarily the atomic bomb against Hiroshima? But not why we accept the nuclear holocaust. When there is no reason, the reasons become unreason, insanity. Daryl Kimball, director of the Arms Control Association, has recognized that there are important absences on the Treaty, but the world must know that this step is very valuable. The absence of United States, Russia, Israel, China, India and Pakistan is worrying, but with more than 100 countries committed to its ban, the Government that uses a cluster from now on bomb feel the criticisms of the international community and should give many explanations. Already happened with mine ban anti-personnel landmines, another historic achievement. So Jody Williams, reminds him of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for his tireless work to get the ban on these mines: mine Treaty landmines stigmatized such weapons.

Even countries that have not signed today dare not use mines anti people. United States does not use these mines since 1991 in the first Gulf war, has not been manufactured since 1995 and is destroying their stockpiles of mines. And China has ceased producing mines anti people for export. There are other gaps in the Treaty, such as the exclusion of some cluster bombs, as the intelligent, who are disabled to not explode on contact with the ground, or those containing ten or less submunitions. But it is a very restrictive Treaty and a real achievement.

The road to peace is never straight nor direct. The more we move forward in consolidating humanitarian and solidarity international legislation, such as the ratification of the Treaty which makes illegal the cluster bombs, better this world. A first sample of the goodness of the Treaty is that Spain, makes up little manufacturer of these projectiles, it has begun to destroy its arsenal of more than five thousand cluster bombs (which cost him five million dollars) and in the summer there will be no more cluster bombs that some sample to the Sapper soldiers and engineers Learn how to turn them off.

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