Originally posted by ju stab urden
Also, why is it that Iranian arms purchases makes news? Many countries do, and go completely unnoticed.
Because currently Americans appear to have an Iranian fetish. Speaking of arms deals, Indonesia recently got a massive loan from Russia for the
specific purpose of purchasing military choppers and submarines.
Indonesia gets 1 billion USD loan for Russian arms
August 21, 2007
Indonesia has got 1 billion U.S. dollars in loan from Russia to buy military helicopters and submarines from the country, local press said Tuesday.
The Indonesian Defense Ministry will use the loan to buy 10 MI- 17 helicopters, five MI-35P helicopters, two submarines, 20 infantry vehicles and
weapon systems for four Sukhoi jetfighters already in service with the Air Force.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Of course, it's not as big as the Iranian deal, but it's still an arms deal. And it probably went under most people's radar. But then again a lot
of these things go under the radar. Especially if it's the US doing the deal.
Perhaps I should post some highlights in regards to this, news from "the other side" so to speak.
ElBaradei slams US arms deals
Sun, 26 Aug 2007
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has criticized US arms deal with the Zionist regime, saying the move could lead to a Mideast arms race.
In an interview with the Austrian news weekly Profil, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the
money should rather be spent on regional development projects to improve human rights, bolster education, and fight poverty, the Associated Press
"Pouring more money into arms is not going to resolve the issue," ElBaradei said.
"You can end up in a situation like the Cold War in the past ... Does that provide security? Does that provide stability? It doesn't," ElBaradei, a
winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, added. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
And, and, earlier than that:
Stop exporting death
August 06, 2007
The U.S. government's recent announcement of its providing a large batch of advanced weapons to Arabian allies and Israel has caused wide concern.
What will be the impact of this U.S. act on the Middle East, a region already in disorder? For a long time, as many countries believe, Washington has
been creating terror and split in this region so as to gain opportunities to sell weapons there, and the U.S. arms sale plan would intensify Middle
In the world pattern of weaponry trade, the U.S. annual exports have been averaging 40 percent of world total since 1991. The sales stood between 10
to 13 billion U.S. dollars since 2001, and even hit a record of 15 billion dollars in 2006. The U.S. leads the world in sales of munitions as a whole,
ground-to-air missiles and warships.[...]Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
So now, looking back at it all, this recent Russo-Iranian deal seems more like a response to US arms deals around the region.
Remember, there's always two sides to a story.