What? Does this make any sense at all?
Last night I had dinner with a colonel in the army who spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He told me that while in Iraq, specifically Fallujah, where he sustained some major injuries due to direct combat, he never fought Iraqis, but rather an amalgamation of people from different Middle East countries. He also told me that some Israelis are selling arms to those fighters to make a quick buck. "It's all about economics," he explained. Incredulous, I looked into his statement this morning, and came across some interesting articles.
"Israeli arms dealers have negotiated and sold military equipment to a number of countries defined by Israeli law as enemy states in recent years with the full acknowledgment and approval of the Defense Ministry, Haaretz has learned.
The ministry has okayed negotiations and sales between Israeli dealers and several Arab states including Iraq, Libya and Yemen, say the sources."
To read more:http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1038978.html
"The real danger comes in Israel's habit of reverse engineering U.S. technology and selling to nations hostile to U.S. interests. Israel's client list includes Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the South Lebanon Army, India, China, Burma and Zambia. The U.S. has most recently warmed up to India and is now in fact competing with Israel for arms sales there, but the other Israeli customers remain dubious at best.
Perhaps the most troubling of all is the Israeli/Chinese arms relationship. Israel is China's second largest supplier of arms. Coincidentally, the newest addition to the Chinese air force, the F-10 multi-role fighter, is an almost identical version of the Lavi (Lion). The Lavi was a joint Israeli-American design based upon the F-16 for manufacture in Israel, but financed mostly with American aid. Plagued by cost overruns, it was canceled in 1987, but not before the U.S. spent $1.5 billion on the project"
To read more: http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0509-07.htm
"Over the course of the Gulf war, Iran's quest for weapons has become legendary, with many countries and hordes of private arms dealers eager to conclude arms deals and reap the premium commissions Iran offers. Israel, with standing access to the same models of US-made arms upon which the Shah based Iran's arsenal, and with its desire to build up an indigenous arms industry, has led the pack. The London Observer estimated that Israel's arms sales to Iran total $500 million annually."
To read more: http://www.wrmea.com/backissues/1186/8611002.html
I recognize that anything I find on the WWW should be taken with a grain of salt. However, I highly respect the colonel I spent time with last night, and I do take his proclamations seriously. Is this for real? What is the matter with the world? It seems as if wars are created purely so that some already very wealthy men can make more money and have more power. Is this really about religion? Or is it about power? Or, are the two one and the same? Can these people really be using the great sages of history--Jesus, Muhammad--to foster hatred and death? All the evidence points to a "yes" answer. They are truly disgusting human beings. Shame on them.
1 year ago