Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Bullet The Blue Sky

Read the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports and then try and work out how anyone (the French, actually) can justify selling arms to the Chinese? While not being a complete peacenik (for example, I abhorred the pig-headed arms embargo on the former Yugoslavia, which allowed the Serbs believe they could achieve a military victory due to their absorption of the old Yugoslav Army), the fact remains that the arms trade, dominated totally by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, is just, well, evil. Self defence is every country's right but where do your enemy's weapons come from in the first place? Not Tuvalu that's for sure.

Just to make the point that we (the EU) shouldn't be selling arms to China because it just isn't right and not because the Americans are telling us not to. To sell jets to a country like Pakistan is bad enough but to do it while simultaneously trying to make India their local strategic partner in their "War on (Islamic) Terror" just smacks of Cold War chess all over again. Strategic self-interest (and a bit of business for the arms-traders) over principle is the American way. George Bush may say "there is no justice without freedom" well actually he got it the wrong way round - there is no freedom without justice.
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