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John William Davis is a retired U.S. Army counterintelligence officer, civil servant and linguist. He is the author of Rainy Street Stories: Reflections on Secret Wars, Terrorism, and Espionage.

A warning sign marks one of the areas on the Falkland Islands not cleared of mines planted during the war with Great Britain  in 1982. (iStock/Gannet77)
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John William Davis
Active land mines from as long ago as World War I are still buried in thousands of places, writes John William Davis, and some nations cannot afford to remove them safely.