Israel inadvertently galvanised an international campaign to ban cluster munitions by hastily raining bomblets over south Lebanon before a U.N.-agreed halt to its 2006 war with Hezbollah fighters could take effect.
Norway initiated negotiations on a treaty outlawing cluster munitions which about 100 nations -- but not Israel, the United States, Russia or China -- are due to sign in Oslo next week.
All too often, kids have no idea these cluster bombs can kill them; if they land close by, before they detonate, children become curious, and start to play with them, as though they were toys.
Then, they're blown to smithereens, body parts landing in a wide scatter pattern on the ground.
Apparently, murdering children in this way is considered perfectly justified and moral by the non-signatory countries.