Dear Friends, I've just looked at an important Yearbook. It's called the SIPRI Yearbook - 2007. It keeps tabs on military spending across the world. These are just a few of its disturbing findings:
- World military expenditure in 2006 is estimated to have reached $1204 billion in current dollars. In 2006 the 15 countries with the highest spending accounted for 83 per cent of the world total.
- US companies dominate the SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing companies: 40 US firms accounted for 63 per cent of the combined Top 100 arms sales of $290 billion in 2005. Some 32 West European companies accounted for another 29 per cent and 9 Russian companies for 2 per cent. Companies based in Japan, Israel and India, in descending order, accounted for most of the remaining 6 per cent of world arms sales.
- Parts of the US arms industry have benefited substantially from the USA’s post-September 2001 policies, particularly the increased demand for new equipment generated by the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
So there we have it. The world is awash with weapons. Each year the amount of them increases. The U.S. spends more on armaments and makes more of them than anyone else. Far more. What does that tell us?
That the U.S., along with Britain (both close allies in the Coalition of the Killing), account for 75% of world arms sales. In economic terms, they both have a vested interest in the perpetuation of war.
Clearly, the U.S., not content with arming the world, is now in the business of creating wars as well. Why? To make lots of money out of mass killing; to secure scarce economic resources for itself; and to build even more military bases in foreign countries while simultaneously continuing to hide behind a smokescreen of spurious, seemingly-noble, flag-waving propaganda.
Peace, for those who lead capitalist, militaristic America, is anathema!