I’m sick to death of these spineless western leaders who are completely without sound conservative principles, who are prone to listen to the loudest shrill voice in the room as reason enough to contemplate one policy or another. They’re void of any sense of history and human experience, from them, history begins the moment they wake up in the morning.
UK Won’t Sell Weapons to Israel, Will Sell Weapons to Gaddafi, Iran and Pakistan
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
The UK is all about human rights. That’s why it warned Israel that if Hamas breaks the ceasefire again, it will shut down some weapons export licenses to Israel.
But maybe Israel will just be able to get them secondhand from some of the UK arms industry’s clients. A group that includes China, Zimbabwe, Iran and Sudan.
Sudan has committed actual genocide.
Is there anyone the UK won’t sell weapons to besides Israel? It sold weapons to Gaddafi.
Ministers approved the export of sniper rifles, bullets, tear gas and other ‘crowd control’ ammunition to Tripoli shortly before the murderous dictator ordered his military to crush a pro-democracy uprising.
Britain also approved arms licenses totalling £1.7billion to Saudi Arabia, £20.4million to Egypt, £276.9million to Algeria and £52.8million to the United Arab Emirates.
Body armour and night vision goggles have been approved for Yemen, small arms ammunition for Syria, and sniper rifles, aircraft components and armoured personnel carriers for Saudi Arabia.
Yes, that Syria.
Documents found by The Sunday Telegraph show that in December last year, Britain’s ambassador in Tripoli was directly encouraging high-ranking figures within the Libyan army to visit Britain and view military equipment, including rifles and machine guns.
Richard Northern, Britain’s top diplomat in the Libyan capital, was joined by Maj Gen Jonathan Shaw, the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence, for talks with the Libyan official in charge of buying weapons for Col Muammar Gaddafi’s army.
The same kind of guns were to be used weeks later by Gaddafi’s troops and security men to shoot demonstrators and residents in towns that joined the insurrection.
This wasn’t unique.
The UK arms industry’s client list reads like a complete horror show. It even allowed the export of nerve gas components to Syria.
So yes, let’s now sanction Israel for fighting back in the event that Hamas begin shelling Israeli villages. Now let’s get another order of weapons together for China and Saudi Arabia.
We’ve got to be moral, you see.
And Russia, despite those sanctions, the licenses are still in place.