Should the United States ratify the Ottawa Convention banning landmines?

  • Yes, this is a good step.

    It may or may not be purely symbolic, but land mines are horrible things that stay in the ground to attack innocent people long after any troops have left the area, and so the United States should join other nations to ratify the Ottawa Convention that bans them everywhere in the world.

  • Yes, the U.S. should ban landmines.

    Yes, ratifying the Ottawa Convention ban on landmines would be a positive step for the United States. Landmines from World War II are still causing deaths to this day, as evidence by the incident in January 2014 when a construction worker in Germany tripped a landmine. All too often landmines are put in place and then forgotten about for decades, only to be stepped on by an unsuspecting civilian.

  • Yes: The US Should Ban Land Mines

    The weapons of war and the battles fought over land and resources have profound effects on the human psyche, beyond the physical destruction of violence. Land mines are particularly harmful, in that they cause death and disfigurement long after the end of hostilities. These weapons are a blight on the earth and should be done away with.

  • Ottawa Convention banning

    The Ottawa Treaty, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or often simply referred to as the Mine Ban Treaty, but officially known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, aims at eliminating anti-personnel landmines (AP-mines) around the world. To date, there are 161 States Parties to the treaty.

  • Untied States should ratify the Ottawa Convention banning landmines

    I believe that landmines are dangerous and that they should be banned in the united states because it could cause alot of dangerous incidents and we dont want that to happen in the united states we want our friends and family to be around that issue in life and enviroment.

  • No, American troops need the protection and ability to channel enemy forces that mines provide.

    With the 2004 of the United States to eliminate stocks of non-detectable mines, the purpose of the mine has been properly put into focus. The minefield is marked, known and quite nearly advertised. The purpose to is to cause the enemy to avoid mined areas. A minefield is useless if it is not watched, that can be done with fewer troops than manning a stout defense in an area. Troops can call in an artillery strike on any enemy unit attempting to negotiate the minefield. This saves American lives, troops aren't required to man a known defensive line that an enemy can get to. Unseen troops with a radio can inflict casualties or force them to go where a secure troop defensive line can deal with an enemy force at a place of our choosing. In places like the Korean Demilitarized Zone, mines are absolutely critical in deterrence and channeling. A minefield, further, can delay an enemy unit making it easier to destroy with artillery or aircraft. Because the mines are detectable, and with new technology that causes them to deactivate or self-destruct after a fixed time, they lose their danger to the civilian population if left behind.

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