Arms-R-Us

m_16_toting_myanmar.jpgSick news on the State of the Union: the USA is still the reigning King Of War – exporting weapons all over the developing world, and not to hunting clubs in Wales. The world watches in horror as Myanmar shoots monks, Japanese journalists and other protesters. Notice what kind of gun the army is using. They have old rifles from the colonial period and doesn’t that look like an American M-16? The American guns probably came over the border from their friends in Thailand, where we have shipped billions in weapons over the last ten years. It could have been confiscated from Burmese rebels who got the guns from Cambodia too.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 — The United States maintained its role as the leading supplier of weapons to the developing world in 2006, followed by Russia and Britain, according to a Congressional study to be released Monday. Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia were the top buyers.

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The global arms market is highly competitive, with manufacturing nations seeking both to increase profits and to expand political influence through weapons sales to developing nations, which reached nearly $28.8 billion in 2006.

If you want to keep up with the American Arms biz you can check out the Federation of American Scientist’s Arms Sales Monitoring Project. In the last ten years, while we know alot more about where the arms go, the numbers just keep growing. They get shipped to one region to fight one war. Stolen, sold, or transferred to another region to fight another war. They end up in the hands of children and teens posing as soldiers gunning down innocents. But if you believe the NRA, it’s not guns that kill people – people kill people. Right Mr. Two-Gun Rudy formerly the politician known as Tough on Guns Mayor Rudy? Who all of a sudden made a u-turn on guns, when he realized the power of the NRA. But lest we digress. Guns are big biz, and Uncle Sam is the main Arms Mart to the world, and it doesn’t look good on our balance sheet.