Less than a month later the UK has committed to bombing Syria and typhoon jets are being used.
Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade told CommonSpace: “Unfortunately, where most of us see war and destruction the arms companies see a business opportunity. It is conflict and military intervention that fuel arms sales, and companies like BAE are only too happy to cash in from it. These companies don't care who uses their weapons or the damage they cause, the only thing they care about is profit.”
In March 2015 NEWTEKWORLDNEWS posted an opinion piece which is worth re-posting here. It reads;
"Hypocrisy and politics go hand in hand so should we be surprised at revelations by the Independent that the "British government has approved the sale of £16m crowd-control and anti-riot equipment, including tear gas and rubber bullets, to countries whose regimes are on its own human-rights blacklist."
The current Conservative Liberal Democrats coalition, like all politicians, tries to carefully spin what they are up to ignoring painful details when it suits. With just 57 days before the British electorate choose a new government news that the Condems are acting as arms dealers in all but name must be damaging?
This week a UK Home Office arms fair will be held behind closed doors and items on sale could be sniper rifles, computer and phone-hacking tools and a crowd-control sonic 'projector'. The foreign delegations looking to buy are expected to include Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Egypt.
Called a three-day, Security and Policing Event the arms fair will not be open to the public or media. Russia Today reports it as a two-day Security Policing Conference and Exhibition hosted in Farnborough, Hampshire, and South East England from Tuesday March 10. But either way the media agrees on what will be on sale and to whom.
A human rights group has criticised the UK government for prioritizing money and profits over people's rights.
The secret environment will allow manufacturers to show off products which may be unpleasant to say the least; the crowd-control sonic “projector” is described by its manufacturer as “extremely unpleasant” at ranges of 20 metres or less.
The British government is now implicated in crowd control in countries such as Hong Kong during the recent unrest against mainland China and its officials and Egypt now in the control of the country's military.
The joke of course is that, as we reported on our original site in September 2014
"David Cameron said Tuesday that he is deeply concerned about Britain's former colony Hong Kong where pro-democracy protesters hit the streets this weekend. He added that he feels a deep obligation towards Hong Kong and hopes the situation will be resolved soon."
More empty words and deep seated hypocrisy has to be the conclusion.
But this double-dealing is not new. In 2013 we also reported on the repressive Bahraini regime which was using British spy software to monitor activists. A year earlier we wrote a report titled John Yates, Bahrain oppression and Great Britain detailing the work of former UK assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police John Yates and Bahrain's terrible human rights track record."
War is many things to many people and fat-cats rule.
Russian helicopters are reportedly combing the area where the jet crashed.
An extraordinary session of NATO's North Atlantic Council will be held Tuesday following Turkey's downing of the Russian jet.
Noon GMT the Guardian reports "Nihat Ali Özcan, security expert at the Ankara-based Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, fears a harsh response from Russia. “It is very bad news for Turkey that a Russian jet was shot down. Putin will not leave this unanswered, he might retaliate in different ways, for example by cutting off Turkey’s natural gas supply from Russia over the winter. He might also choose to reply in kind, in a similarly aggressive manner in Syria. But one thing is certain: Putin will not stand for this, we have difficult days ahead of us.”
Update: One pilot and a marine who was part of the rescue mission are dead. The other pilot is reportedly safe and well at a Russian air base in Syria after being picked up by the Syrian army.
"Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said "diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this situation". Breaking off military contacts with Turkey, Russia's defence ministry said a cruiser equipped with an air defence system would be deployed in the Mediterranean to destroy "any targets representing a potential danger" for Russian forces in Syria. Russian bombers carrying out air strikes over Syria will now be escorted by fighters, the military said" reports BBC News.
NEWTEKWORLDNEWS will update as information becomes available.
Since beginning airstrikes in Syria Russia has targeted an area in the north west of Syria which is currently home to various rebel organisations including western funded groups such as the so-called Free Syrian army but also Al Qaeda. Russia claimes to have also struck Daesh forces.
Daesh formerly called ISIL hols great swathes of the eastern regions of Syria.
Forces loyal to Bashar al Assad hold a slender region along the south west.
Syria borders Turkey in the north, Iraq in the south plus Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel; Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia, plus a handful of former Soviet Union states are in the mix.
In a week when the British P.M. David Cameron intends to put the case for the U.K. to join NATO forces in a fight to crush Daesh a downed Russian jet is bad news.
Most people even after Paris have little stomach for more wanton bombing unless there is a clear and concise plan for what will happen post-conflict.
U.S. trained 'rebels' possibly terrorists by another name continue to morph and move into other groups and the purpose of ousting Assad is now vague and fuzzy.
There is little doubt that more is happening than we know; people are kept in the dark up to a point and real agendas are often well hidden. This leads to conspiracy theorists having a field day and a lack of confidence in western governments.
In the House of Commons Monday front bench Tories tried deriding Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn laughing in his face; a man of principles and peace agreeing to war will not sit well with him.
But perhaps we should be grateful for that.
Another knee jerk reaction resulting in mass killings on a grand scale with the Middle East further destabilised may feel good revenge for the Paris attacks but will solve little.
Innocents abroad will get killed with targeted airstrikes; that is a fact of life.
And if there is one thing bound to breed more terrorists with hate in their hearts it is killing innocent men, women and children.
Daesh must be beaten but how is still not clear.
One thing the downing of the Russian fighter jet illustrates is how easy the fight against Daesh could become a fight among the rest of us; yes WWIII is knocking on our door.