Throughout a number of countries where the U.S. (and a few other nations) conducted brutal wars, the U.S. (and a few other nations) saturated the area with land mines. They never removed them after those wars ended. For years – and decades – after those wars ended, a child playing outside might step on one and be killed or have a leg blown off, or a farmer tilling land or herding farm animals might step on one and be killed or have a leg blown off.
In 1997 the world OUTLAWED land mines. And while the U.S. did NOT sign onto that treaty, the U.S. DID stop manufacturing and exporting landmines. In 2011 the U.S. also agreed to start destroying stockpiles of MILLIONS of landmines. And then in 2014, President Obama restricted deploying landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula but Obama DID ALLOW landmines on the Korean Peninsula.
Now in February 2020 Trump wants to start using them again in violation of overwhelming international public opinion and the 1997 treaty.
Several reputable, principled peace organizations are outraged.
The highly respected Quaker-based lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL, www.fcnl.org) reported that on January 31, 2020, the White House announced a new policy lifting prohibitions on the use of landmines. FCNL strongly condemns this decision and urges decent people to speak out, write letters to local newspaper editors, and urge Congress to take immediate action to reverse this disastrous policy.
Please click this link — https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/tell-congress-ban-landmine-use?source=em20200222&t=7&akid=6083%2E372126%2EIxBumE — to tell Congress to prevent Trump from ending existing U.S. prohibitions against the use of landmines and using them again with horrible cruelty to many innocent adults and children.