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

By skippy15/10 18:50Thu Oct 15 18:50:17 2020In response to Re: It makes you feel proud to be British...

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That's not really a cut and dried distinction though, is it? Can you judge that with any sort of accuracy?

For some countries it might not be easy to judge, but when a state spends 25% of it's budget on arms it gives you some clue. There are several organisations that evaluate these things.

Has Saudi been involved in many expansionary wars?

SA isn't after territory, they seek to export their ideology/destabilise their neighbours, hence many arms end up in the hands of terrorist groups.

our biggest ally is the USA so this won't fly

Must maintain the special relationship.

if we refuse to arm the Saudis, someone else will.

Did you used to work for DESO? Nothing wrong with supplying a need (aka the drug dealer argument).

I know that's what we say we are doing

Saying one thing and doing another just adds to the air of legitimacy doesn't it.

you accept that arms exports to allies are part of the whole International Relations game

So is picking your allies in the first place, and understanding when that relationship has changed.

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