Why the land mine, a persistent killer of civilians...
...is coming back under Trump.
"In the last hours of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, U.S. forces encountered a problem of the Pentagon’s making: They had surged toward Iraqi positions so quickly that they were encountering their own land mines dropped from friendly aircraft.
“Coalition aircraft and enemy [antiaircraft artillery] have littered the Corps area of operations with dangerous unexploded ammunition,” read an Army advisory on Feb. 28, 1991. “Extreme caution must be exercised in moving/maneuvering through areas where air strikes have been conducted.”
Since then, most of the world — the United States being an exception — has banned the production and use of land mines because of their threat to civilians long after wars end.
So the Trump administration’s decision this week to expand the use of land mines has baffled and angered humans rights and arms control groups, which say the decision further imperils anyone who may encounter the weapons.
“It’s incredibly troubling we’re having such a step back in acceptable international norms,” Rachel Stohl, an arms control expert at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center, told The Washington Post on Saturday. “This is one of the most inhumane weapons that we know of.
“It’s a potential humanitarian catastrophe” to use them again, she added."