More bangs

Of course he has.

US President Donald Trump has lifted restrictions on the deployment of anti-personnel landmines by American forces.

Trump never met a form of violence (against other people of course) he didn’t like. So landmines linger on for decades after the war or insurgency or invasion is over, killing and maiming generations of children, farmers, and other people rash enough to walk in places where there are unexploded mines buried out of sight, so what? It won’t be Donald Trump they blow up so who cares?

The decision reverses a 2014 Obama administration ban on the use of such weapons, which applied everywhere in the world except for in the defence of South Korea.

Of course it does, because Obama is smarter and better than Trump, and Trump can’t be doing with that.

Thousands of people are injured and killed by landmines every year.

The US is not a signatory to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which restricts the development or use of anti-personnel land mines.

There are a lot of treaties and international agreements we’re not a signatory to. We’re a rogue nation, and we’re going downhill fast.

“The Department of Defense has determined that restrictions imposed on American forces by the Obama administration’s policy could place them at a severe disadvantage during a conflict against our adversaries,” a White House statement said, adding: “The president is unwilling to accept this risk to our troops.”

But he’s perfectly willing to accept the risk to the people who will be killed or injured by landmines long after the “conflict against our adversaries” is over.

Rachel Stohl, an arms control expert at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington, called the decision “inexplicable”.

“I have no idea if it’s posturing or a reality that the US is claiming back the right to use landmines,” she told the BBC. “It’s inexplicable given all we know about these deadly weapons and the amount of money the United States has spent demining around the world,” she added.

Ms Stohl said the decision put lives at risk and was another example of the Trump administration “defining its own rules and ignoring global standards of behaviour”.

It is explicable though. The explanation is that Trump hates Obama and loves violence that’s not directed at him.

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