posted on Jul, 24 2013 @ 12:00 PM
I came across some interesting numbers today that I thought I’d share. It seems our friends across the pond in Britain, whose citizens are often the
most vocal critics of US relationship with Israel, have a bit of a ‘numbers discrepancy’ with regard to weapons exports. It turns out Britain
might have its own secretive Military Industrial Complex.
Data published in a new report from the House of Commons in London states the value of all British military exports to Israel currently being
processed comes to £7.9 billion ($12.1 billion).
This data was supplied by Vince Cable, Britain’s business secretary, who oversees the weapons trade.
I had to do a double-take when reading this information as until now Britain has indicated that the value of its arms sales to Israel are measured in
millions, rather than billions.
How can this be?? I thought Britain disliked Israel for its human rights abuses against the Palestinians?
Britain’s foreign ministry has named Israel as one of 27 “countries of concern” for human rights abuses. Of those 27, Israel is the
largest destination for British arms exports. Saudi Arabia — long thought to be the biggest client for Britain’s weapons industry — is
actually in second place.
It’s obvious to me that the British Government has been fudging its numbers. Why the secrecy? Could it be because its people would be outraged to
know their government is providing weapons and technology being used against Palestinians (and likely against Iran and Syria soon)?
…the British government — both under Cameron and his Labour Party predecessors, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair — has been dishonest about the
full scale of its weapons sales to Israel.
The NY Times reported that Russia was the second largest exporter of weapons in the world but this new information shows that Britain’s weapons
exports JUST TO ISRAEL are 3 times that of Russia’s total reported exports!
Overseas weapons sales by the United States totaled $66.3 billion last year, or more than three-quarters of the global arms market, valued at
$85.3 billion in 2011. Russia was a distant second, with $4.8 billion in deals.
So Britons…how does it feel to know your government is the second biggest exporter of weapons in the world? Another alarming aspect of this report
to me is the HUGE increase of US weapons exports under our supposed ‘anti-war’ POTUS.
The American weapons sales total was an “extraordinary increase” over the $21.4 billion in deals for 2010, the study found, and was the
largest single-year sales total in the history of United States arms
I know US is the largest exporter of weapons in the world (and largest supplier to Israel), and I’m not proud of that fact, but at least US
doesn’t hide it! It seems the good ol’ US isn’t the only puppet of Israel. I love our brothers in Britain but maybe some of you US critics over
there will take this news into consideration next time you start casting stones our way about propping up Israel and creating turmoil in the ME.
The ME has two countries stirring the pot of turmoil…US and Britain.
edit on 24-7-2013 by seabag because: (no reason given)