Antipersonnel Landmines - Do Their Costs Outweigh Their Benefits?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Should the US maintain its current policy concerning antipersonnel landmines APL There are an estimated fifty million antipersonnel land mines buried in the earths surface today. The mines are remnants of wars and conflicts past and present. They maim and kill thousands of people every year, and lay waste to valuable land. On the other hand, APLs between the Koreas contribute considerably to the maintenance of peace. Such is the dilemma regarding land mines - do their costs outweigh their benefits This paper examines current US policy regarding the use of antipersonnel land mines. The policy is weighed against advantages and disadvantages, and nation-state and Non-Government Organization investment in producing or banning antipersonnel land mines. The paper concludes with a recommendation on the future course of US policy regarding the manufacture and use of antipersonnel landmines.
- Land Mine Warfare