Tuesday, 26 June 2007

BAE in corrupt shocker

..well, not exactly "shocker". I'm quite pleased they are turning out, albeit unsurprisingly, to be legally corrupt as well as morally corrupt.

We should not be selling arms to other countries. Not to developed ones like France, not to dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, to developing war torn countries in Africa, nor to Scotland. Not to anywhere.

Because while we lovingly call it the "defense" industry, what it actually is is the mechanised ingenious killing industry.

When did people having bigger and better weapons increase peace? Two countries at each other's throats are hardly going to stop if you sell them cooler, more explosive ways of destroying their "enemies".
For countries not at war, militarisation just causes mistrust, which breeds more militarisation and escalation towards war. Of course, this is GREAT for companies like BAE, because they thrive in a world where everyone wants to kill each other.

Let's stop them, eh?

If people want to kill each other (and they don't, but it's another story why they do kill each other), we should not "help" them by selling them faster ways of doing so.

The arguement that "if we don't (sell arms), other countries will", is hardly a worthy one, and a good example of how "international relations" discourse has yet to mature out of the playground. So, yes other countries will sell arms, but that doesn't make it right, does it?

There are a lot of jobs involved at BAE, I guess... but all that technological ability? Surely that could be put to some kind of peaceful use?

Armaments are one of the things we apparently have no choice about, we "have to do it" as we're world leaders in it.. but we really don't have to do it. We can do what we want. Obviously, having the US inquiring into BAE corruption is almost definitely a double standard, but let's worry about that later.

I sincerely hope some high up people from BAE go to prison; unless they want to repent now, and move into the fluffy bunny rabbit industry.

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