The fact that the British economy is partially bolstered by the arms industry is more than worrying - it is close to horrific.  There is no reason why a government should encourage the manufacture and sales of munitions to other countries - many of them at war or in conflict or likely to be.  It is clear that the capitalist system profits from the making and selling of weapons; and, as the climate grows ever-warmer in the next fifty years, the conflicts over scarcer resources will only make the profits grow.  The counter-argument is that if "we" don't sell the weapons then the Russians or the Americans will.  This argument could extend to the sale of opium, or slaves - both evil trades that eventually the British ceased trading in.  One day, the sale of weapons will be seen as an unambiguous evil.  Why has that time not yet come?
Post a Comment

Popular Posts