New York Times Editorial 8/26/06
All weapons kill and maim, but some are especially insidious – like cluster munitions, miniature explosives packed into a bomb, rocket or artillery shell and designed to scatter over a wide area.

This week the State Department said it was investigating whether Israel inappropriately used American-made cluster munitions in populated areas during its monthlong campaign in Lebanon. Whatever the specific findings of this investigation, the rules governing cluster bomb exports and their use by American troops need to be tightened and more strictly enforced.

Cluster munitions are useful against tanks, massed conventional forces and other purely military targets. But they should never be used in populated areas. By nature they kill indiscriminately.

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