Should the US ban the use of land mines - Page 3




View Poll Results :Should the US ban the use of land mines
yes 11 37.93%
no 18 62.07%
not sure 0 0%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

 
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November 29th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
In modern mines i think i read somewhere they can be programmed to go off or deactivate after a certain period of time, im sure there are better ways of still using mines and making sure that after the war has finished they are safe but i cant think of what else, apart from maybe being able to activate/deactivate minefields via digital signals so they are only active when the enemy is nearby and when you have friendlies wanting to move in the minefield you can switch them off?
November 29th, 2004  
Kane
 
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In modern mines i think i read somewhere they can be programmed to go off or deactivate after a certain period of time, im sure there are better ways of still using mines and making sure that after the war has finished they are safe but i cant think of what else, apart from maybe being able to activate/deactivate minefields via digital signals so they are only active when the enemy is nearby and when you have friendlies wanting to move in the minefield you can switch them off?
Smart idea, but I don't think there is a need for Land mines for now.
November 29th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
No. Landmines are useful to extend coverage of permieters deny acess to areas and defend choke points.
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November 29th, 2004  
EuroSpike
 
Why shouldn't we ban all weapons? Is an assault rifle less lethal and does less bad than a landmine? No but children without legs are just so cute that women politicians can't resist them. That leads only to stupid contrachts like Ottawa's landmine ban and that causes a price wich will be only payed by BLOOD, own blood. Why only traditional landmines are banned? Why those by artillery and air dispenced mines are still allowed?


"i read somewhere they can be programmed to go off or deactivate after a certain period of time, im sure there are better ways of still using mines and making sure that after the war has finished they are safe but i cant think of what else"

Yes but think about a mine taking it's electric from a battery in snow and frost. Batterys just can't take too cold temperatures and when battery is up, working will stop and mine wouldn't be disarmed automatically. Those devices are never 100% trustable or maybe in clean laboratory conditions.
November 29th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Because it makes the Politicians feel all warm and fuzzy. " Hey look I'm saving the World."

The same Politician will be giving a "heart felt condolence" to the grieving Mother/Widow/ Child of a solider who was killed in a thinnly defended position that could have been strengthened and better defended by placing landmines before it was overrun. Cause it's a good photo op.
November 29th, 2004  
EuroSpike
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
Because it makes the Politicians feel all warm and fuzzy. " Hey look I'm saving the World."

The same Politician will be giving a "heart felt condolence" to the grieving Mother/Widow/ Child of a solider who was killed in a thinnly defended position that could have been strengthened and better defended by placing landmines before it was overrun. Cause it's a good photo op.
I agree. The most important is to be popular and get more voters in next elections. Usually the way "to save the world" is the most utopistic available. I see that kind politics very reckless.
November 29th, 2004  
Kane
 
I don't see the point of debating whether land mines should be banned. This is bunch of ridiculous nonsense.

Another thing to point out, as minefield detection methods and technology becomes more sophisticated, so does the land mine.

One question, isn't a roadside bomb technically considered to be a land mine?
November 29th, 2004  
EuroSpike
 


Very simple, easy to use and a cheap weapon. TNT (60g) part of the mine is the same charge originally used to blow large rocks up to smaller pieces. First drill a hole, then charge in and blow the rock up into pieces (i don't know the right term in londonese).

Blows the leg right up to knee. Enough to stop a soldier and ties at least a couple of enemies to help their wounded friend.

"One question, isn't a roadside bomb technically considered to be a land mine?"

No if it is launched manually by mechanical launch wire or if electrically detonated.
November 29th, 2004  
Darcia
 
However a few American troops have been hitting Mines wich have been laid out on the ground.
November 30th, 2004  
Airborne Eagle
 
 
Sign the ban and kiss the defense of South Korea goodbye. It's one of the main defense measures to counter the larger NK military.

Mark the fields. Keep accurate maps. When no longer needed, clean the fields.

Just like any other laws, they're only as good as the enforcement. If the US and a handful of nations oblige and no one else does, the world is not better off.