Publication of this new book by the late historian and peace activist Howard Zinn, who died in January 2010, coincides with the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Excerpts from a review by Jonah Raskin, posted at MichaelMoore.com, 4 August 2010:
The U.N. Convention on Cluster Munitions ratified by thirty-eight nations went into effect August 1. The remaining nations in the total of 107 who have signed on are working towards ratification. The U.S., however, hasn't gotten that far -- the Obama administration is still thinking it over. Excerpts from Esther Banales, "Long-Awaited Cluster Bomb Ban Enters Into Force; US Straggles Behind," Inter Press Service, 31 July 2010, posted at truthout:
"This new instrument is a major advance for the global disarmament and humanitarian agendas, and will help us to counter the widespread insecurity and suffering caused by these terrible weapons, particularly among civilians and children," noted U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Cluster munitions explode in mid-air to release dozens - sometimes hundreds - of smaller "bomblets" across large areas. Because the final location of these scattered smaller bombs is difficult to control, they can cause large numbers of civilian casualties.
Tom Englehardt calls Andrew Bacevich's new book "the single best source for understanding how Washington came to garrison the planet, intervene regularly in distant lands, and turn war-making -- and not even successful war-making at that -- into an American norm."