CLAIM : 200,000 AK-47s MEANT FOR IRAQI SECURITY FORCES MAY HAVE REACHED AL QAEDA AND THE IRAQI INSURGENCY INSTEAD
WORLD'S WEALTHIEST COUNTRIES SELL 90% OF WEAPONS TO WORLD'S POOREST COUNTRY
The more you read about the global arms trade, the more disgusted you will become.
UPDATE : The UK Guardian has followed up the report by The Mirror (below) :
For Amnesty International....the risks emerging from the flourishing trade in largely state-sponsored arms deals where governments increasingly farm out the business to the private sector, which includes brokers, arms dealers, freight companies and shippers.
The Amnesty study points out that 35 of the world's wealthiest countries are responsible for at least 90% of the world's arms trade.
Since the end of the cold war there have been at least 50 armed conflicts worldwide, mostly in poor, "developing", countries, while the arms supplies and money fuelling these conflicts stem largely from wealthy countries.
National and international law is failing to keep up with the globalisation of the arms trade. Arms traffickers are prime beneficiaries of government-to-government business as military industries are increasingly "outsourced".
The Amnesty International UK director, Kate Allen, said: "Arms brokers and transporters have helped deliver the weapons used to commit human rights abuses all over the world. Yet only 35 states have laws to regulate brokers. Countries need to get tough ... we need an arms trade treaty to bring the whole industry under controls. The trade is out of control and costing hundreds of thousands of lives every year."
You'd think the fact that lot of these missing AK-47s are now prrobably in the hands of terrorists, aimed at American soldiers, would make this a big story in the US media today.
You'd be wrong. The coverage has been minimal.
Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that the global corporations that own most of America's major newspapers and general media are also heavy investors, and profit-takers, in the global arms industry.
You'd have to craaaaaazy to think that might influence editorial decisions at newspapers like the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times.
They might run stories on these subjects, but they won't be anywhere prominent. I hope to suprised, and proven wrong, but I'm not expecting it to happen. Here's the report from yesterday :
True, but thousands of people are making billions of dollars along the way.
The global arms trade is not one of the three biggest, and most profitable, industries in the world because those involved are uniquely concerned with morality or ethics.
What's the life of an American soldier, or a Liberian civilian, worth to these kinds of people?
Nothing except the profit that can made from the weapons, and the bullets, that kill them.