[OPE-L] Venezuela's arms purchases

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sun Jan 28 2007 - 12:11:48 EST

The Federation of American Scientists has a critical comment about
Venezuela's arms purchases here:

The suggestion is that if Chavez arms the citizenry, he will not be able to
control what is done with the weapons - they could be illegally traded all
over the place.

For balance, the FAS also points out that:

The U.S. dominates this international arms market, supplying just under half
of all arms exports in 2001, roughly two and a half times more than the
second and third largest suppliers. [2 ] U.S. weapons sales help outfit
non-democratic regimes, soldiers who commit gross human rights abuses
against their citizens and
citizens of other countries, and forces in unstable regions on the verge of,
in the middle of, or recovering from conflict. (...) The United States
military has had to face troops previously trained by its own military or
supplied with U.S. weaponry in Panama, Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, and now in
Afghanistan. Due to the advanced
capabilities these militaries have acquired from past U.S. training and
sales, the U.S. had to invest much more money and manpower in these
conflicts than would have otherwise been needed.


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