Continuing a series of vast oversimplifications on nuanced topics i’d today like to address the recent statements made by president Obama regarding US aid in clearing decades old bombs from the country of Laos.
Between 1964 and 1973 the US military dropped roughly a ton of bombs per Laotian citizen on the country. That’s equivalent to a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for 9 years. To put that further in perspective the nearly 2.5 million tons of bombs dropped is more than those dropped on Germany and Japan combined during WWII.
Approximately 1/3rd or nearly 80 million of those bombs dropped on Laos didn’t explode leading to tens of thousands of deaths since the the end of the “war”. Of those bombs less than 1% are thought to have been detonated.
For decades the US has done what could be seen as the bare minimum to help in the…
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