$2 TRILLION SPENT MAKING BOMBS TO STOP WARS0
By Darryl Mason
The new Nicolas Cage film ‘Lord of War’, which examines the global trade of mass-murder machines, ends with a revealing footnote :
"The world's biggest arms suppliers are the US, UK, Russia, France and China.”Not a surprising fact, perhaps, but there’s a second line to the footnote to put it all in perspective :
“The US, UK, Russia, France and China are also the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.”So the five countries entrusted to contain war around the world are the five countries who sell the most head-exploding guns, organ-shredding bullets, child-maiming cluster bombs, skin-melting napalm, family-slaying missiles and graveyard-filling tank shells.
The global arms trade is the world’s biggest and most profitable business, with annual estimated sales in excess of $US2 trillion.