Argument: Demeaning cluster bombs is dangerous, costs lives
- Debate: Cluster bomb ban - con argument.
The Boston Globe reported, "One of the first casualties of the war on terrorism was the killing of four United Nations demining workers in early October and the total disruption of demining work. 'We have lost 30 workers in the last decade on minefields, but this is the first time we have lost people in the office,' said Syed Ahmad Farid Elmi, acting director of the demining team. More than 1,000 demining workers were put on "mandatory unpaid leave once it appeared that the United States might retaliate in Afghanistan."