Who supplies arms to Arab dictators?

February 25, 2011

The "lamestream" U.S. media has been conspicuously silent about who has been supplying weapons to the Arab dictatorships which are currently being used to suppress and kill their own people. The guilty include the USA, the Russians, the French, the Belgians and the British just to name a few. The same nations who are now wringing their hands about the ruling elite's brutality using the very weapons they supplied!

The British are especially hypocritical when it comes to Libya. According to the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, in the third quarter of 2010 (the most recent period for which figures are available), equipment approved for export by Britain to Libya included wall and door breaching projectile launchers, crowd control ammunition, small arms ammunition, tear gas/irritant ammunition, training tear gas/irritant ammunition. Ammunition comprised 3.2 million of the 4.7 million military items licensed. Sniper rifles were among the other equipment licensed in 2010. No requests for licenses were refused in 2010. All this was supplied out of an office in the British Embassy in Tripoli.

We have been supporting Middle Eastern psychopaths and thugs for decades and when the dust finally settles, their overthrowers will not look kindly on us. Yet again we will be on the wrong side of history, not helped by a complicit lazy media that fails to ask the right questions.

Ted Newcomen, Chestertown

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