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Gandhi’s got a gun

Register • May 29, 2014 at 4:32 PM

The latest Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report on arms sales issued this past March stated India’s arms imports were three times higher than China’s and Pakistan’s.


And India’s import of major weapons by volume increased 111 percent in the 2009-2013 period compared to the 2004-2008 period.

Gandhi’s got a gun.

Not quite, as Rahul Gandhi’s political future took a step back two weeks ago when 563 million people, give or take a million, cast their votes in India on their election day and made Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi their new prime minister and his Bharatiya Janata the controlling party in India’s Parliament.

Three days ago, on his first official day as India’s leader, Prime Minster Modi met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which comes a week after an attack on India’s consulate in Herat, Afghanistan. Last weekend Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the Herat strike on Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistanbased group India says conducted the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Hopefully the “he said, they said” situation can be resolved so none of the 9,800 American soldiers remaining in Afghanistan by the end of the year, as announced by President Obama from the White House Rose Garden this past Tuesday, will be caught in the crossfire of American made weapons.

India and Pakistan are not the only countries that have imported more weapons.


There’s more?

There always is.

According to the latest Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report, the U.S.A. is the largest worldwide supplier of major weapons during a four year period ending in 2013.

Among the buyers who want to say bye to their enemies as the SIPRI report pointed out were the Gulf States.

No, not Alabama, Louisiana and Florida but the international Gulf States of Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia. The report also claimed Algeria and Morocco are at the top of Africa’s arms importers rankings for the past four years, with arms imports to the whole continent shooting up by 53 percent in 2009-2013 compared with 2004-2008.

Sounds like they have a better three-, four- or five-year plan than the Browns, Cavaliers or Indians.

The largest stockpile of arms likewise belongs to the world’s biggest buyer, India, while the United Arab Emirates was ranked the world’s fourth largest arms importer.

Initial here, here and here, sign on the dotted line and you can drive your U.S.A. made weapons off the lot no matter who you are or represent as Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Program, pointed out when he said:

“The U.S, which accounted for 45 percent of arms deliveries to Gulf States, has signed a series of major deals which will maintain its high levels of arms exports to these countries. In 2013, for the first time, the U.S. allowed the sale of long-range air launched cruise missiles to Gulf States”

For the record, the top five largest global suppliers of major weapons during the five-year period ending in 2013 were as follows:

1. U.S. 29 percent

2. Russia 27 percent

3. Germany 7 percent

4. China 6 percent

5. France 5 percent

So where is the United Nations?

Still in New York City.

Still watching the world go by.

Go buy weapons.

The UN’s latest attempt last year in April to ratify an arms treaty was just that. An attempt. With the ink on the bottom line barely dry, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs claimed the treaty would not:

Interfere with domestic arms commerce or the right to bear arms in its member states, ban the export of any type of weapon, harm the legitimate right to self-defense or undermine national arms regulation standards already in place.

All of which means, it’s business as usual.

Now, this is where I typically offer a suggestion to Congress as to what type of measure they could mandate into a public law to help the U.S.A. obtain and maintain peace through conditional weapons sales , however ...

Yes, there’s always a however.

However, the fact is many weapons manufacturers and their employees’ unions are on the top hitters list of political donations. Yes, and as we all know, Congress will bite the hand of those who vote before they bite the hand(s) that feed them.

Fortunately, we are not only the biggest exporter of U.S.A. made weapons.

We are also the biggest buyer.

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