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He won’t be working for cluster bomb maker

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So your company’s bought by another. And this other makes things that maim children – things that the U.N. has cluster bombsasked world governments never to use. Is it your problem?

[Update, 2-19-08: Today’s Common Dreams reports “Children Are Forty Percent of Cluster Bomb Casualties“]

[Update 2, 3-6-08:  See new post American clusters bombs still explode Laotian children]

Paul Cottle is not a pacificist. But when he found himself working for Alliant Techsystems (ATK), which makes cluster bombs, depleted uranium shells and landmines—all war products that remain lethal after the troops go home—here’s how he called it:

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0213 03A man from Beckley has made headlines in Canada for quitting his job. For three years, Paul Cottle worked as an engineer at MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, an information solutions company in British Columbia. […]In January, the CEO gathered all employees and told them half the company would be sold to Alliant Techsystems, a Minnesota-based arms manufacturer known as ATK. […]“I knew [ATK] was nothing I wanted to be involved with,” the 31-year-old said. “Leaving my job … was an absolute certainty that I knew right away.” … So he quit right then. […]

ATK describes itself as “an advanced weapon and space systems company.” It is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors and the largest U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. … It also makes cluster bombs, depleted uranium shells and landmines. […]

“What I am against is working for a company that makes weapons that have been shown to be as to harmful to civilians as to soldiers.”

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Seems heroic to me. How ’bout you?

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February 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm