Global Enemy Number One: The Arms Trade

Nobody’s hands are clean. All major – and many minor – powers sold Ghaddafi arms – not only Ghaddafi, but also to dozens of other actual and potential villains.

We must make such practices as heinous as dealing in drugs.

A distinction has to be made between the manufacturing of weapons for the legitimate use of one’s own nation and the selling of arms to villains.

Who are the villains?

This is similar to the question raised in connection with the proliferation of nuclear weapons – similar, but far from the same. In the nuclear case, the members of the nuclear club are determined to prevent non-members from acquiring nuclear weapons, even more so than everybody else. In the case of the arms trade, all nations (with the exception of Iceland?) are already members of the club.

The U.N. Security Council has to decide. Keeping arms out of the hands of those who they determine are actual and potential villains is in the interest of each member – and of all humanity.

We must learn to think of the arms trade as disgusting – as an affront to human decency. The world’s opinion leaders must lead the way. The world’s politicians, educators and journalists must follow.

A global cultural change is needed.


5 responses to “Global Enemy Number One: The Arms Trade

  1. Horace Krever

    A global cultural change would unquestionably be a hugely enlightened measure but how realistic is it believe that the market and, particularly, the black market would be part of any reform that resulted?

  2. How well-known is the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade? And Richard Sanders’ tireless contributions of research and publishing to find facts, and trends, and little expressed policies, and to get them known?

    Especially Canadian facts, trends and policies. Especially those that are kept invisible in the folds and lining of what I’ve liked to think of as Canada’s peaceable role in world conflicts.


  3. In my childhood there was one arms villain. He even was knighted by Britain: Sir Basil Zaharoff. To outlaw the arms trade is desirable, but not realistic. Just as the outlawing of the drug trade, certainly desirable, does not seem to work.

  4. Horace Krever

    In my childhood it was Daddy Warbucks ( does anyone else remember him? ) but he was cast as a good guy.