While reading the front page August 27th Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch article “U.S. arms sales shoot to record high: $66.3B,” I wasn’t sure what to think. Was New York Times columnist Thom Shanker really praising the United States for heavily arming planet Earth? Does no one see the irony of the United States being perpetually at war all the while arming every one else?
With America selling more than seventy-five percent of the total global arms market, far out-selling second place Russia at a mere $4.8 billion, we must not forget that many times these very same military weapons come back to haunt us. Have we forgotten that it was America who armed Osama bin Laden when he was in Afghanistan fighting the former Soviet Union or that we armed Saddam Hussein when he was fighting Iran?
For every action, there is a reaction. Heavily arming our entire planet might be great for the American military-industrial complex bottom line, however, in the long run, it greatly impedes world peace.
Steven H. Spring