Friday, December 15, 2017

Selling death - the double standards

Always happy for theatrical performances to capture dramatic moments for their news entertainment slots, the US ambassador standing in front of charred fragments of what she said was an Iran-supplied missile that had breached UN weapons resolutions and Iran should face the consequences.
"It was made in Iran then sent to Houthi militants in Yemen," Haley told reporters at a military hangar outside Washington. "From there it was fired at a civilian airport with the potential to kill hundreds of innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia."
Bt even impressive would Haley have been if she had had as her backdrop a collection of  European Union weaponry, for more than a third of the weapons used by "Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria came from European Union states. 30 percent of the arms used by IS extremists on battlefields in Syria and Iraq originally came from factories in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Germany. Russia and China produced more than half of the weapons held by the terror group.  In many cases arms purchased from eastern European states by Saudi Arabia and the United States — and then supplied to Syrian  jihadi groups.
"Many of these transfers have violated the terms of sale and export agreed between weapon exporters — primarily EU Member States — and recipients in Saudi Arabia and the United States," the researchers said.
They traced an advanced anti-tank guided weapon that was manufactured in the EU, sold to the United States, and then supplied to a party in the Syrian conflict before ending up in the hands of IS forces in Iraq — all within two months of the weapon leaving the factory. "International weapon supplies to factions in the Syrian conflict have significantly augmented the quantity and quality of weapons available to IS forces — in numbers far beyond those that would have been available to the group through battlefield capture alone," the report said.

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