The Weapons of American Terrorism:
Cluster bombs are one of the most savage
and inhumane weapons in the arsenal of the United States Corporate
Mafia Government and military. These instruments of bloody terror
are used for the gruesome slaughter of both military and civilian
people around the world.
Each cluster bomb is composed of 200
to 700 bomblets. When each bomblet explodes it fragments into
about 300 pieces of jagged steel - sending out virtual blizzards
of deadly shrapnel.
People are decapitated, arms, legs, hands
and feet are severed from their bodies - anyone and anything
alive in the immediate vicinity is shredded into a bloody mess.
Picture yourself, your girlfriend or
boyfriend, your wife or husband, and your children reduced to
dismembered body parts by the United States military, and you'll
have a clue as to what unfortunate people around the world have
experienced since the Vietnam Genocide.
Cluster bombs were used by American/NATO
forces to brutally murder civilian people all over Yugoslavia
in 1999 and Afghanistan in 2001. American/British forces have
used cluster bombs against the civilian people of Iraq from
1991 to the present day. Millions of cluster bombs were dropped
on the civilian people of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during
the viciously racist genocide known as "the Vietnam War."
Once released from a U.S. Air Force or
Navy jet, cluster bombs fall for a pre-set amount of time or
distance before their dispensers open, spreading the bomblets
widely so they can effectively slaughter people over a wide area.
During the bombing of Yugoslavia, American/NATO
pilots routinely flew at high altitudes to avoid anti-aircraft
fire as they dropped their cluster bombs. This made the bombing
thoroughly indiscriminate, guaranteeing that there would be zero
accuracy in hitting specific "military" targets.
This revealed very clearly that the NATO
bombing was in fact a terror campaign against the entire civilian
population, rather than a genuine military campaign.
With the opening of a 1,000-pound cluster
bomb a couple of hundred bomblets shoot out in all directions.
Each one has a little parachute that looks like an inverted umbrella.
The chutes slow down the descent of the bomblets and disperse
them so they'll hit as many "soft targets" as possible.
"Soft targets" is military-speak
for human bodies. The U.S. military - and the corporations that
make these murderous weapons - routinely uses such sterile euphemisms
in an attempt to hide the fact that they are in the business
of brutally murdering human beings.
Cluster bombs as landmines
Each cluster bomblet is activated by
an internal fuze, and is set to explode above ground, on impact,
or to be time-delayed - that is, they can be made into time bombs
In addition, the rate at which cluster
bombs fail to explode at the intended time is 5 to 30 percent.
The use of cluster bombs, therefore,
is the equivalent of creating uncharted mine fields.
The smaller bombs are designed to explode
near the time of impact. But since 5% to 30% fail to explode
at the time set for them, unexploded bombs litter every target
area, silent and nondescript.
Until picked up by an unfortunate child
or accidentally kicked by a passerby.
Unexploded bombs may rest on top of
the soil in clear view. Cluster bombs may also hide themselves
if they land in weeds, soft soil, sand, mud or water. Alternatively,
bombs on top of the ground may become buried by soil erosion or
In this way they become hidden killers,
blending into their surroundings like land mines. And over time
cluster bombs become more unstable - they explode more easily.
Used by the United States military since
the Vietnam Genocide, cluster bombs are among the most indiscriminate
weapons in their arsenal. These bombs not only cause physical
suffering and loss - they also severely hinder agricultural and
economic development of the land, many years into the future.
Villagers are terrified to work on land they know is littered
with unexploded cluster bombs.
This is what the United States Air Force
and Navy have done to the people and land of Laos, Cambodia,
Vietnam, Iraq - and Yugoslavia.
Every year hundreds of people in these
lands - including many children - are murdered and maimed for
life by American cluster bombs that have become land mines.
This is why the U.S. Corporate Mafia
Government refuses to sign a treaty for the elimination of land
mines. It knows that if it signed such a treaty it would be pressured
to end its use of cluster bombs.
Varieties of American-made Cluster Bombs
The bomblets in the CBU-52 are softball-sized
and are intended primarily to shred and dismember human bodies.
The dispenser holds 220 of the bomblets and can be used against
both people and light-skinned vehicles.
This cluster bomb is also used to butcher
human bodies and destroy light skinned military or civilian vehicles.
The dispenser holds 650 baseball-sized bomblets to be dispersed
indiscriminately over a wide area.
The Rockeye is a clamshell-shaped dispenser
holding 247 dart-shaped bomblets. These bomblets free fall and
can cover a 3,300 square yard area, detonating on impact. The
dart-shaped warhead charge in the bomblet is intended for use
against armor and people.
CBU-59B Rockeye II
A newer version of the MK-20 Rockeye
cluster bomb, the CBU 59 is used against both modern armor and
human bodies. Rockeye II and the older Rockeye I are dart shaped
bomblets with a small fuze in the pointed end of each bomblet.
The CBU-59 dispenser holds about 700 bomblets.
The CBU-71/B is very similar to the CBU-58,
carrying 650 baseball-sized bomblets. The CBU-71 bomblets have
what the U.S. war criminals call "a random delay fuzing
Translation from military-speak:
These cluster bombs are used as land
mines, set to explode at a variety of times after hitting the
ground, to terrorize a local population.
CBU-72 Fuel-Air Explosive
This cluster bomb is different from all
the others. It's an extremely destructive incendiary bomb, rather
than a shrapnel bomb.
The U.S. military like to emphasize that
it's used to "detonate minefields" and to "destroy
aircraft parked in the open." What they would rather not
discuss too publicly is that it's also used to burn the occupants
alive in armored vehicles, and to burn alive and suffocate people
who are taking shelter in bunkers.
The bomb is made up of three separate
bomblets dispensing an aerosol fuel cloud across the target area.
As the fuel cloud descends to the ground it is ignited by an embedded
detonator to produce what U.S. war criminals call "an impressive
The rapidly expanding wave front due
to overpressure flattens all objects and burns all people alive
within close proximity of the epicenter of the aerosol fuel cloud.
It also produces "debilitating damage" well beyond the
Translation from military-speak:
Civilian people are horribly burned to
death and their bodies crushed over a very wide area.
CBU-87 CEM Combined Effects Munition
According to the "Jane's Air-Launched
Weapons" directory, the U.S.-made CBU-87 "combined
effects munition" is a "free-fall cluster bomb"
composed of 202 "multi-purpose bomblets." Each bomblet
is capable of penetrating up to 177 mm (seven inches) of armor
and has fire-starting capabilities as well.
The CEM dispenses the 202 bomblets over
an area of 800 feet by 400 feet. U.S. war criminals call it "an
area denial cluster weapon."
Translation from military-speak: the
bomblets create an 800 x 400 ft. uncharted mine field.
This cluster bomb is intended to destroy
both lightly armored vehicles and human beings.
The CBU-87 was used extensively to slaughter
Iraqi civilian men, women and children during the Desert Storm
The "GATOR" family of scatterable
mines is another favorite body-butchering weapon used by the
cowardly mass-murderers who like to think of themselves as "fighter
aircrews." The dispenser holds 72 anti-armor mines and 22
anti-personnel mines. These mines arm immediately upon impact.
The GATOR has two integrated "kill
mechanisms": a magnetic influence fuze to sense armor, and
deployed trip wires that explode the bomb when adults, children
or your pet dog walks on or disturbs them.
Another feature of the GATOR is the "random
delay function" detonating over several days for "highly
effective area denial and harassment operations."
Translation from military-speak:
These evil weapons are highly effective
for the murder and long-term terrorization of human beings. Any
human beings it pleases the U.S. Corporate Mafia Government to
use them against. Such as Iraqi children, Vietnamese children,
Laotian children, Cambodian children, Albanian children and Yugoslavian
CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
This "cosmic cluster munition"
combines 10 bomblets with 4 "skeet type" warheads in
a single dispenser, providing 40 weapons total. After release,
a fuze causes the dispenser to disperse the 10 bomblets, each
stabilized by a parachute.
At a preset altitude a rocket fires,
propelling the bomblet in an upward vector. As the bomblet climbs,
it is spun to disperse the 4 internal skeet warheads randomly
by centrifugal force.
An infrared sensor in each warhead searches
for a motorized vehicle or living being, and upon discovery detonates
over it, firing a "kinetic fragment." The fragment
drives itself through the lightly armored top of the vehicle
- or the head of the unfortunate person.
If no isolated victim is found, the sensor
detonates the warhead above ground to spray the battlefield -
or the village market square - with a myriad of lethal fragments.
This brutal American weapon of mass-destruction
is very effective against armor and human bodies, covering a
4,800 square yard area.
CBU-97/B Sensor Fuzed Weapon
The CBU-97/B cluster bomb, created by
Alliant Techsystems of Hopkins, Minnesota, was used in the American/NATO
terror campaign of 1999 to butcher civilian people all over Yugoslavia.
For example, this is probably the model
that slaughtered the old men and women doing their shopping on
the market street in the southern Serbian town of Nis.
This cluster bomb destroys armored vehicles
like tanks, and can spray a "battlefield" (read: market
square) with metal fragments, making it lethal against people
and other "soft" targets. Like horses, cows, sheep
and family pets.
According to Jane's Defense Weekly,
which predicted its use in early April 1999 (by which time it
had already been used), each sensor fuzed weapon (SFW) carries
forty SKEET warheads that use infrared sensors to home in on
armored vehicles and people.
Each warhead is a copper-plated, 1 kg
Explosively-Formed Projectile that spins at 1,600 rpm. The SFW
can be dropped from 200 to 20,000 feet from B-1, B-2 and B-52
bombers, as well as from A-10 Warthog ground attack aircraft and
F-15 and F-16 fighters. The SFW can cover an area the size of
about 12 football fields (or 6 hectares).
A B-1B bomber can carry 30 SFWs, or 1200
individual cluster bombs, with the potential to butcher every
living being in an area equal to 360 football fields.
Five B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed
on April 1, 1999, at RAF Fairford, England, and used to murder
and terrorize the civilian men, women and children of Yugoslavia.
The A-10 Warthog and F-16 can be fitted
with four SFWs. At the beginning of April, only the B-1B had
been "certified" for using the SFW, which suggests
that any other aircraft using the weapon was conducting experiments
in the so-called "combat" situations.
British cluster bomb - the RBL755
The British, America's favorite partners
in war crime, have their own version of the cluster bomb. They
too used it to butcher civilian men, women and children all over
Iraq and Yugoslavia. The UK arms company Hunting Engineering
of Ampthill, Bedford, manufactures the British cluster bomb.
Each RBL 755 weighs 600 lb and breaks
up in the air releasing 147 bomblets, each of which explodes
into approximately 2000 metal fragments. About the size of a
soft-drink can, parachutes slow the bomblets' fall, and each has
the explosive power to destroy a tank - if by some miracle it
hits a tank in the right place.
That's a big "IF" indeed -
considering the safe-for-the-pilot altitude from which the bombs
are dropped. Such high-altitude delivery guarantees there will
be essentially zero accuracy. That means lots of dead civilian
people, including children.
The 'R' BL755 uses a different fuze from
the original low-level delivery variant allowing it to be dropped
from a high enough altitude - above 10,000 ft (3,305 m) - where
there is little or no threat from hand-held, infrared-guided,
surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery.
The Bombs That Keep On Killing
Kosovo: "A Wasteland Called Peace"
A report by The UK Campaign for a
Transparent & Accountable Arms Trade on the illegal and immoral
American/NATO use of cluster bombs.
Laos War Legacy
The Mennonite Central Committee report
on the genocidal use of cluster bombs by the United States Air
Force against the people of Laos during the Vietnam War.
Legacy of the Secret War
"The Continuing Problem of Unexploded
Ordnance in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos, and the Response of
the Mennonite Central Committee and the American Friends Service
NATO cluster bombs kill 100 Albanians
in Kosovo: Where is the outrage?
Cluster Munitions: America's DUMB Bombs
Part of the valuable Federation of American
Scientists (FAS) website, this section gives comprehensive descriptions
of individual cluster bomb models. The individual listings contain
photos and diagrams of the bombs as well as photos of the aircraft
that deliver them. Has photos of cluster bombs exploding over
tanks and other battlefield targets.
No photos of decapitated children in
residential Yugoslavian neighborhoods, though. The Pentagon doesn't
want you to know about that particular use for cluster bombs.
No, you just be sure you obediently pay your taxes so the Pentagon
can buy these weapons, and keep your own head stuck firmly in
One photo series shows a fuel-air bomb
exploding over a two-story, house-like structure on a desert
(Such a target trains U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots to get used
to the idea of murdering civilians in residential houses. The
U.S. military turns men and women into inhuman murderers, butchering
people on command. Then it tells these fools they're "heros,"
when in fact they're nothing but trained rats.)
Now picture you and your loved ones underneath
that fireball. Then you'll have a clue as to what the people
of Yugoslavia experienced for 79 days and nights in 1999. And
what the people of Southeast Asia experienced for 14 YEARS, courtesy
of Uncle Sham.
To see the type of cluster bomb commonly
used by heroic American/NATO pilots to butcher children, women
and men, young and old, all over Yugoslavia and Iraq, see: