reply to post by talklikeapirat
No.... I didn't forget to look over your material.
However, if you believe that a good many people come to a thread like this with only the information an OP story presents, it's simply absurd.
Opinions formed on this come from a period stretching, literally, back to watching the 'peaceful protests' that started the immediate fighting in
Homs. Perhaps more importantly though, being very sensitive back to at least 1990 about Syria and it's capabilities. That's the first time Israel
took mid-range missiles into it's cities with the chance of major regional war breaking out. It didn't happen that time, by the promise that the US
would eliminate the Scud threat.
I hadn't cared to know where most of these nations were on a map before that. I've never stopped watching news stories about them since.
Whatever the reason though, for watching things? The awareness of Syria, Libya and the others as a current event to notice goes back over 20 years. (
30 years, for a good many more, older than I ) Your OP added a bit of modern perspective to an old old debate and frankly, one I've never given much
Western nations peddled dual use tech that, yeah. The private companies likely knew it would be used for what it was while In the name of profit, they
surly told themselves the high grade aluminum really was for baby food or something, while bio lab equip really is for medical research.
Whatever wasn't peddled, the nations like Syria made, on their own. They could have made it all, eventually ...and greed made it happen a bit sooner.
It didn't change the outcome.
I make NO excuses for the private sector that sold the stuff. They ought to do prison time where weapons which came from it, killed anyone. However,
to blame *ANY* one
nation for the programs these "rogue" nations scrapped together like Nation-Scale MacGuyvers, is to blame a good % of the
industrialized nations across the world.
Everyone cashed in with arming these war torn nations. Most, still
are. Everyone in the developed world
at some level though has, by and
No one gave out complete warheads...and that's what I mean, even allies generally never shared beyond certain limits. Taboos meant something until
fairly recently, IMO.