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

By skippy15/10 14:01Thu Oct 15 14:01:36 2020In response to Re: It makes you feel proud to be British...

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I don't agree that it is ok to make any arms, some including cluster type munitions shouldn't be made. Type is as important as quantity.
There is a difference between sufficient arms for defence and increasing your arms to be offensive. Saudi arms imports are of a scale their armed forces would need to be the size of Russia for it to be proportional. Strategically for oil security we should be sucking up to Venezuela, although given the energy transition sucking up to oil producing nations will become increasingly pointless.

The arms industry is one of the most corrupt industries on the planet, it has the veneer of legitimacy.

The Shah of Iran was our ally, what happened to all of those lovely fighter planes after we flogged them to him? Today's ally may be tomorrow's enemy. That's the problem with supporting repressive regimes, your mate may lose control and how happy are the new nutters that you supported the previous nutter? Not very has been the answer every time. Strategically you arm people just enough anything above that level is asking for trouble.

Another problem is when British weapons end up in the hands of terrorists sooner or later those weapons take British lives. You sell weapons to a country you know will pass a reasonable proportion of those weapons to terrorists that will kill British soldiers. To use your car manufacturer analogy, how would it be if they only sold cars to reckless drunks? That is what we are doing.

We have got involved in many conflicts to bring/ensure democracy, why bother when we are happy to support oppressive regimes.

Corkscrew logic from strategy to morality.

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