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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:05 AM
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A Vortex of Death and Wealth

Whatever the strategic and humanitarian considerations behind NATO/U.S. intervention in Libya, a larger force utterly indifferent to both, and seldom sufficiently newsworthy to merit mention, unites tyrant and rescuer and keeps the world tangled in an endless cycle of hellish violence far beyond the scope of the conflict that generates it.

Im talking about the global arms trade, for which wars large and small, whatever their cause, whatever their legitimacy, are necessities without which the goods would not move. Theyre also more than that, but not the sort of thing we salute or honor with granite statuary.

This the Libyan no fly zone is turning into the best shop window for competing aircraft for years. More even than in Iraq in 2003, said Francis Tusa, editor of the UK-based newsletter Defense Analysis, quoted in a recent Reuters article by Tim Hepher. For instance, enforcement of the no fly zone pitted two European-made jet fighters, the Typhoon and the Rafale, against one another for world leaders to view, and France, Tusa pointed out, is particularly desperate to sell the Rafale.

This is the generally unstated truth about Western intervention in the Middle East and anywhere else in the world. The headline-generating acts of murderous repression by dictators, whether we love or abhor them, are made possible by weaponry and equipment they purchased from us. And then, when the time comes, we may have to attack our former business partners with the same weaponry we sold them.

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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:43 AM
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1. See we still make and sell stuff.
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