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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.