UK Won’t Sell Weapons to Israel, Will Sell Weapons to Gaddafi, Iran and Pakistan
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.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was among the strongest advocates of an EU arms embargo against Russia on Tuesday, but woke on Wednesday to criticism of his own government’s existing military deals with Moscow.
More than 200 licenses issued for planned UK weapons exports to Russia remain valid, worth a minimum of 132 million pounds (166 million euros, $225 million). A cross-party parliamentary enquiry in London, releasing its findings on Wednesday, said the licenses covered equipment for launching and controlling missiles, components for military helicopters, small arms ammunition, sniper rifles, body armor and military communications equipment.
Can’t imagine those being put to use in Ukraine.
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