Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Duck soup

Duck soup

It was good to see US Ambassador Charles Ray recognising the horrific impact that

landmines have on the population, and on the growth of the country ('Loony Tunes

to combat mines', PPPost May 23).

His comments, however, stink of hypocrisy. If the US government was really concerned

over the deployment of such weapons, and their indiscriminate and devastating toll

on civilians in Cambodia and in other parts of the world, it would have already signed

up to the Ottawa Convention on the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of

Anti-Personnel mines and on Their Destruction.

Not only does it refuse to do so, it continues to deploy them on the Korean peninsula.

I wonder how good Bugs and the gang are in Korean for their next outing?

But landmines are not the only non-conventional weapons deployed by the US military.

The US continues to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons - they used 944,000 rounds

(source: US Government) in the first Gulf War, and countless hundreds of thousands

more in their latest, in my opinion illegal, attempts to liberate Iraq's natural


While Italy, Germany, Norway, Finland, and the European Parliament have called for

the ban of DU weapons, and while leukemia, cancer, and birth defect levels have rocketed

in Iraq over the last decade, the US government continues to irradiate and poison

civilians in its military actions.

I wonder if Disney would match Warner's largesse with an educational movie starring

Donald Duck with a deformed Huey, a cancerous Duey, and the dead fetus of Louie.

We can but wait and see.

As Ambassador Ray has recognised the enormity of landmine deployment, I invite him

to openly condemn the current US policy and push for both a swift signature of the

Ottawa Convention and a ban on DU weapons.

- Danny Whitehead - Phnom Penh



Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".