There was an AP article today reporting that Hillary Clinton is in the country of Laos. In some foreign affairs research about Laos, I learned that we dropped two million tons of bombs on this country during the Vietnam War era. (Laos is a neighbor to Vietnam and was an ally to the North Vietnamese.) The amount of bombs we dropped on Laos was more than all the bombing we did throughout World War II! What’s more, with the cluster bombing, about one-third of the “bomblets” didn’t explode upon initial contact. But they have been exploding ever since. That is, when someone steps on one, or a hoe comes in contact with one… Some 20,000 people have been killed this way since the war ended, and scores of others have been seriously injured. For instance, one of the stories I read was about a little nine-year-old girl whose chest was seriously ripped open when her hoe struck one of the bomblets. Her brother and two friends had been recently killed by one of these as well… The AP article noted that Ms. Clinton was there to “…gauge whether a nation the U.S. pummeled, can evolve into a new foothold of American influence in Asia, to bolster the U.S. standing in a fast growing market.” Now the way I see it… Perhaps instead of worrying about gaining a foothold in the Laos market, we should be: DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FIND AND DISPOSE OF THE REST OF THE BOMBLETTS SO OTHER LITTLE NINE-YEAR-OLDS DON’T HAVE TO DIE! I mean, we have the technology to find these things — oh yeah, and we have the moral obligation. Note: You know in a similar vein, I once went to a seminar where I learned we used depleted uranium munitions in Iraq. Uranium-tipped, bunker busting bombs and armor piercing bullets have left a significant amount of radiation behind. Cancer rates in that country have spiked tremendously, as have birth defects.