Anti-Personnel Mines

The Risk of Losing Life or Limb

The Function of Mines

Mines are laid in the ground and when activated via a pressure plate or a tripwire, explode. It does not matter who or what steps on the plate or trips on the wire; once it is activated, it is activated: military personnel, animals, civilians, including women and children, it simply does not matter.

“Mines are indiscriminate.”

Tetsuo Theodore “Ted” Itani

Mines are designed designed to be a “security blanket” for infantry against potential threats. However, there are better measures that can be taken. Mines are as much of a threat to the enemy as they are to the side that laid them, and therefore have limited utility. After conflict ends in a region, armies often abandon them and move along, often having not registered or mapped the location of each of their mines. Properly clearing them would be a huge cost financially, so they often don’t bother.

The Physical Effects of Mines

The explosions of mines aren’t designed to kill, but rather to wound and maim. It gets worse. Because of their “hurting rather than killing” design, the mines are essentially meant to put a strain on the enemy’s medical system. People in the 61 countries and areas still affected by mines are at risk daily of losing their life or limb.

“The social cost of injuring people by mines, your adverse party would be facing that.

That’s a pretty sinister weapon isn’t it?”

Tetsuo Theodore “Ted” Itani

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