land mines

A 1997 convention bans the production and use of land mines.
The Mine Kafon Drone maps, detects and destroys landmines more quickly and safely than any existing technology.
You're perusing it, admiring your handiwork. Then you see it. Ack! A rudimentary, easily fixed error is there in the text. It's standard-size type, but to your eyes it's in 54-point Bodoni Bold. And somehow, it's underlined. Blinking, too. Maybe even chuckling softly.
We don't talk much about the scale of human suffering in Southeast Asia that came from U.S. intervention. American involvement in the Middle East could usefully be informed by the Asian experience, however: namely, that war has long-lasting consequences for the local populations, to say nothing of broader impacts.
It is past time for the United States to agree to a ban on the use of these indiscriminate weapons and to accede to the Ottawa Convention. The U.S. statement does not advance that outcome.
2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt may not be the place we would choose to grow up or build our livelihood, but Afghanistan is also where, with a little assistance, Haji was able to succeed.
The landmine that took my legs was indiscriminate. It easily could have taken the legs of my Somali driver, another passerby, or a child. The conflicts in Burma and Syria will be similarly callous, scarring people in ways we can see and ways we cannot.