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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 01:28 AM
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Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 02:22 AM by Turborama
Source: Sky News

7:46pm UK, Tuesday April 05, 2011 | Ashish Joshi, Sky News correspondent

Successive British governments have misjudged the risk that UK arms exports to nations like Libya and Bahrain would be used to suppress their own people, MPs claim.

The Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls said British firms were given licences to sell equipment to countries in North Africa and the Middle East as recently as last year.

Small arms and tear gas canisters, as well as armoured personnel carriers were among the weaponry approved for export.

But since the recent uprisings in the region, 156 export licences to Libya, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia have been revoked.

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"Misjudged", or wilful ignorance due to the ,,s?
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 01:32 PM
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1. And that's why quibbling about allowing the people to buy arms to defend themselves
against what is already there, is adding insult to injury.

Gaddafi for example is a KNOWN terrorist, and nobody said "who is he really?" before allowing these licenses. In fact, his terrorist connections were well known and ignored.

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