The Arms Fair
The prestigious London Arms Fair took place recently, (2013) where 1,500 companies from 40 countries showed off their shiny new weapons and boast about their kill rates. The Defence Secretary praised a fabulous show with fantastic kit. It was sickening that a member of the government can get so excited by the best and most highly technical engineering excellence being devoted to means of killing people. That’s where the huge sums of money are – taken from the world’s taxpayers, the real wealth creators – so that’s where the hi-tech research and engineering will be applied. It can never be a fabulous show and fantastic kit, it’s about killing people.
This article explains that, since the end of the Cold War, there’s no peace dividend at all now. By 2011, global military spending had not just returned to Cold War levels but was more than any year since the end of WWII.
The SIPRI Yearbook in 2013, gives a global figure of $1,753 billion. It’s impossible to comprehend the madness of this. Imagine having to explain the position to a visitor from another planet, that in the state we’re in we spend this sum on weaponry in the name of security. It’s enormously shameful. This sum would pay for so much, just one year’s worth.
These are recent depressing articles seen about Britain’s dealing with tyrants and repressive states.