NO CLEAN SWEEP FOR MINES

CLINTON REALLY WANTED TO SIGN THE NEW TREATY, BUT HIS CONSCIENCE AND THE JOINT CHIEFS GOT IN THE WAY

It was Princess Diana vs. G.I. Joe, and Joe, in the form of the Pentagon, won. President Bill Clinton decided last week that he couldn't buck the united opposition of his Joint Chiefs of Staff and would not sign a treaty banning antipersonnel land mines, which kill or maim 25,000 civilians each year. Clinton and his wife Hillary had been touched by the Princess of Wales' poignant visits to young victims of such mines in Bosnia and Angola a few weeks ago. After her death, the treaty being written in Oslo took on the luster of a humanitarian memorial to Diana...

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