The Oberlin Review

Land Mines Remain a Global Security Issue, Must Be Addressed

Leo Hochberg, Columnist

December 6, 2019

 In the canon of weaponry often involved in crimes against humanity, what comes to mind for most people is a realm of technology including biological weapons, chemical gas, and drones. However, in recent decades, land mines have risen to prominence as a grave security threat for civilian populations in war-torn countries and disputed territories. This is because landmines are an indiscriminate weapon; because they are triggered by the victim instead of the attacker, there is no assurance that a buried mine will not take the life of a child, civilian, medic, or aid worker. Some land mines will stay active for decades after the conflict for which the mine was laid has come to a close and can be triggered in unrelated ...

We Must Support Institutions, Prosecute Wrongdoers

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

February 26, 2016

To the Editors: Brave and selfless women and men volunteer to serve in our armed services to support America by being willing to lay down their lives in faraway lands in defense of the United States of America. We can and should support them a lot better than we do. Similarly, women and men who volunteer to serve us at home as police officers deserve our thanks and support. These two august institutions make it possible for us all to enjoy a sufficient degree of peace and orderliness, thereby affording us the tranquility and stability to address other challenges, concerns, etc. All those in the armed services or on the police force do not always meet our minimum level of behavior all the time; indeed, some c...

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