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JDAMS Should Be Seen, Not Heard
NEW YORK -- President George W. Bush may soon be facing U.N. sanctions of his own over the United States' conduct of the war in Iraq. Ms. Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights, has announced that her office is planning to ask that the United States be referred to the U.N. Security Council for serious violations of human rights.
"While we recognize that the use of bombs during military actions may, regrettably, be inevitable against enemy combatants," said Arbour, "There is no reason that innocent civilians need to suffer, especially when the technological means are readily available to avoid it."
The Commission believes that if the Pentagon can invent so-called smart bombs, then they must have the resources and ability to make those bombs more socially responsible by reducing the decibel levels of the explosions, so as not to disturb nearby residential neighborhoods.
"Most of the tension in the Middle East is a direct result of the generalized crankiness of the indigenous population caused by the noise of constant explosions from car bombs, rocket propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices," said Digby Dalhaber, Director of the Center for Learning about Arab Peacefulness. "Of course, the total tonnage of ordinance dropped by the U.S. military dwarfs what can be mustered by suicide bombers and jihadists."
CLAP studies show that during the "shock and awe" phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, reports of domestic violence and truancy in Baghdad increased nearly ten fold.
"How can children learn when they fall asleep in class because they have been up all night," postulated Dalhaber. "It is not hard to connect the dots that the excessive sound pressure levels from our air raids are definitely a form of collateral damage."
Precision-guided munitions -- so-called smart munitions or smart bombs -- are self-guiding weapons intended to maximize damage to the target while minimizing "collateral damage".
The Pentagon had no comment on Arbour's announcement and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld answered reporter's repeated questions on the issue with only a deep sigh and a weary shake of the head.
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