The need to change our military tradition

tornadoThe news from Europe that the Tory Party Members of the European Parliament chose to abstain from a vote to ban sales of arms to Saudi Arabia is not really the issue, just as the idea that the death of one person, even though he was an American employed journalist should end arms sales. The reason why the UK and USA and indeed every other nation should end the sale of arms to a nation like Saudi Arabia is because of the way and location in which they use the weapons killing innocent people in their attempt to resolve matters that they consider to be relevant for their nation. The fact is that every nation needs to have weapons and the ability to use them in certain settings such as defending their residents, but the extent to which these weapons are used demands a high level of accountability. Although other nations may not have any involvement in the murder of the innocent Yemenis, if they are involved in the manufacture or trading of the weapons being used over a long period, then their involvement goes much further than economic issues. It is noticeable that British Tories want to make profits from the sale of weapons and that British Trade Unions and Labour Party want to secure jobs that are based on the manufacture of weapons. However most businesses are very good at adapting to changing demands and if as a nation we are being forced to adapt our manufacturing as we transfer away from Europe with the probable loss of our automotive industry, based on the political desire of a small number of politicians and one uninformed vote by the whole British population, then limiting the manufacture and sale of arms to certain other nations is also entirely reasonable and should be supported by both of our main political parties.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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