posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 01:18 AM
Land mines are a BIG problem, because of many reasons. Often, you don't have to step on them to initiate an explosion, sometimes they're so old the
explosives decay and become instable. Add to that the fact that many people in poorer nations try to salvage them for scrap metal, and end up getting
blown up in the process.
Another, less talked about but similarly present problem: unexploded ordinance. Bomblets, shells, and what not that get dropped but fail to explode
on impact. Children play with these things (often they're brightly coloured, like toys
) and they can act the same as land minds if disturbed
with hands or farm implements.
Imagine if you were a farmer, trying to clear some land or till the soil for the spring planting, and out of nowhere this enormous noise and rush of
air, and suddenly, you have no legs, your oxen are dead, and the farm implements you saved for years to buy are destroyed.
Unfortunately there's no good way to prevent this from happening. Unless the armies of the world agreed to stop using explosive munitions, and
that's just not going to happen.
I personally would prefer we go back to hand-to-hand combat, single combat, champions, honour. But what are the chances of that happening?