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(Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
actually the way I read it
it's not a change of stance at all
it's just throwing the monkey
on somebody else's back with
the single nation veto clause.
They know it won't pass cuz
some terrorist regime in the UN
will veto it outright. It's
passing the buck however
noble it might appear.
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
reply to post by Americanist
Well there's two sides to this.
A) No other country in the world (at least that's a member of the UN) has the amount of firearm possession leeway and legal freedom for citizens to own and use guns as the US does. So this does impact the US citizen the most.
Countries like Britain, Australia, China or France make it harder to own a gun than it is to keep pet lions.
B) This would mean countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia, or Georgia (i.e. Western lackeys) would be considerably halted in updating their armed forces with 90% Western-supplied hardware, which I am 100% in favour of, as the last thing we need are more destablizing and potent forces within the Middle East.
[edit on 19/5/10 by The Godfather of Conspira]