Friday, February 16, 2007

Pogo and Arms Sales

The top 5 arms exporters in 2006 were: the United States (double that of any other country), United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, and China. Many of these exports/sales were to countries that are defined as undemocratic by the US State Department's Human Rights Report and many to countries engaged in active conflict. (Wikipedia)
President Bush is saying he has 'no doubt that Iran has supplied weapons used against US forces in Iraq.' It may be true that weapons from Iran have been found in Iraq but President Bush has conveniently forgotten the huge US arms sales to Iraq in former years as well as to Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, just as he has forgotten the arming of the Taliban by the US when they were fighting the Soviets. Many of these weapons have come back to haunt US forces as in a short period of time friendly nations have turned into 'Axis of Evil' and various armies and/or freedom fighters have turned into insurgents.
Pogo was probably right when he said: "We have met the enemy and it is us."..........z

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