A cluster problem
Dear Editor:Ask President Bush, Secretary of State Rice and your local members of Congress to ban the use of cluster bombs.As of November 2006, 824 cluster bomb strike locations have been identified in South Lebanon. In the summer war, Israel dropped an estimated 1.2 million to 4 million cluster “bomblets” on Lebanon from rockets, artillery and airplanes. The U.N. estimates that Israel fired 90 percent of those in the last 72 hours knowing that a U.N. Security Council cease-fire resolution 1701 was imminent.About 32 million square meters of land in Lebanon were contaminated, and it will take years, maybe decades to clean up those areas. The U.N. clearing plan depends on adequate funding.Please ask your leaders to further support the cleanup of the worst cluster bomb pollution in history.Sven AlstromAspen/Lawrence, Kan.
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