Plus business is picking up in Angola, the world’s per capita leader in active land mines (more than 9 million) and land mine victims (around 90,000). According to a U.N. report Thursday, rebel forces are actually re-planting mines along major highways previously cleared of the weapons — the three-year old peace accord notwithstanding.
And if all else fails, remember, there are still anywhere between 60 and 100 million mines planted in war zones all over the world. If it was profitable to plant mines, imagine how much these firms can make in the demining business. Indeed, that seems to be the aim of a number of companies who traveled to Ottawa to hawk their wares to treaty delegates. Bargains included the $500,000 remote-control mine detector, the supersonic air shovel and the Superman mine-awareness comic book. No word on what the hundreds of land-mine victims, observing the treaty signing on crutches and in wheelchairs, thought of such a commercial display.