Anyways, doesn't this seem crazy?!
US confirms $60bn plan to sell Saudi Arabia arms
State department official Andrew Shapiro on the "tremendous significance" of the saleUS officials have confirmed they intend to sell $60bn (£38bn) of arms to Saudi Arabia.....If completed, it could be the most lucrative single arms deal in US history and could support 75,000 jobs.
The military-industrial complex in your face.
and who will be the target for $60bn worth of weapons?
and also in the news.....
China is trying to prevent a report which says Chinese bullets have been used against peacekeepers in Darfur from being published
The report says that a dozen different brands of Chinese bullet casings have been found in Darfur, some at sites where attacks on UN troops took place
The panel has previously claimed that large amounts of foreign arms and ammunition are being trafficked into Darfur and fuelling the conflict between the government and rebel groups
The UN says that about 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur and more than 2.6 million displaced since rebels took up arms there in 2003.
Weapons for wars in developing countries are made in our country and sold to corrupt governments and militant groups. Please just think about that for a second, because it just doesn't seem to me like we can dismiss that reality and continue on with our everyday lives. Does this not warrant a pause? A desire? An action and then a chain of actions?
And what happens to those jobs when they finish making the weapons for the Saudi's? In this design, peace in the middle east or Saudi post peak oil will lead to the loss of 75,000 jobs (of course its a simplification but perhaps with some truth in it).
If you are interested in more about this subject, check out
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Also, if you haven't already seen the documentaries Why We Fight and Blow Back, I highly recommend it to put perspective on this issue. They are quite well done.
You can watch it here
Super cool site where you can watch tons of amazing and mediocre documentaries.
I want to recommend a bunch of documentaries but I feel like planting seeds for WE: Arundhati Roy. Also available at freedocumentaries.com. She will take you on a journey of heartful lyrical eloquence about our world and expose the injustices while elevating our souls for a better future. We.