NationStates Jolt Archive

repeal: Banning the use of Landmines

28-08-2007, 08:07
Why don't we have the right to use landmines? with landmines you can protect
your borders and is good for international security so why can't we jus't use it for protection for our borders and not for war?
Anti-Social Darwinism
28-08-2007, 08:42
This would not be practical. Where would you put them? On your soil? Would you have a zone for them? Would you seriously utilize eminent domain to take property for this purpose? How would you handle it if citizens of your country were injured or killed by the mines? How would you handle the lawsuits (and you will have them)? What if it takes up prime agricultural land or oil or mineral bearing land? This is tantamount to an act of war against your own citizens in the name of protecting them against an imaginary enemy. In any case, as proven by many events, including Pearl Harbor and 9/11 (not to mention the much vaunted Maginot Line [this was not a minefield but was based in the same military philosophy] in France at the beginning of WWII), this type of "defense" is useless.
St Edmundan Antarctic
28-08-2007, 18:12
You probably can use them: The existing ban only applies to "UN counties", so that unless you actually use that description (which isn't defined anywhere) for your nation you can quite legally ignore the intended restriction...