Friday, September 08, 2006

Saudi Arabian arms deal

Saudi's £10 billion arms deal safeguards British jobs in the UK and Saudi Arabia (2,300 jobs). Shares in BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have surged and this deal marks victory against the American Joint Strike Fighter and the French Rafael jet. This deal could double to £20 billion over the next 25 years.

Payment could be made in oil.

This can also be viewed as an opportunity to advertise the Typhoon as a "product people want to buy" (International Institute for Strategic Studies in London).

Isn't it odd how such cost can be viewed in such long terms when it deals with such deadly merchandise? But it should safeguard the jobs of many, even though it will eventually cause the death of tens of 1000s.

Something very cynical here as money by the shedload exchanges hands, but as though the arms will never actually be used. Rather like nuclear arms that will never be used.

The Iranian stance is that nuclear power will be used for energy production and not creating nuclear arms. That is doubted and Iran will use the nuclear material for warmongering.

You are in the Middle East with lots of oil under the ground and the US wants it.

What would you do?


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