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Re: It makes you feel proud to be British...

By Baldman15/10 12:11Thu Oct 15 12:11:35 2020In response to Re: It makes you feel proud to be British...

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It doesn’t. I was trying to establish the basis for disagreeing with flogging arms. So, we all agree that arms are ok to make and presumably that other countries have a right to defense, therefore export sales are legit. If so, then we should be proud that we excel in this legitimate industry.

But you are overlaying either morality or strategy. I’ll take strategy first.. is it in our strategic interests to sell to the Saudis? Well, they are our allies and they have loads of oil so I guess it is.

So we are down to morality... You have three points in your post.... they have lots of weapons. I don’t see that as a barrier to selling arms to them (they live in a dangerous region and don’t have nukes).

They are religious nutters... I don’t have a moral problem with selling to people of all religions no matter how ardent.

Some weapons find their way into the hands of terrorists. Well, one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. I don’t think we can morally judge every armed conflict on the planet and take a side on a moral basis.

So if the Saudis are our allies, and one has accepted that the arms business is legitimate, then it’s tough to make a case why not to sell to them unless there is a strategic reason not to.

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