Cluster bombs are evil, but banning them is pointless
There are some subjects on which it is impossible to have a realistic, sensible discussion, without the word "war-criminal" occurring. Landmines are one.
Cluster bombs -- the subject of a major conference at Croke Park next week -- are another. But what is there to discuss about these weapons systems? They're evil, through and through, aren't they? How can anyone even begin to doubt the validity of banning them?
Please, please, please: tell me, what weapons system has ever been successfully banned once it has been invented? Go on. Name one. They tried it with the crossbow. Didn't work.