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Will U.S. status as world’s top arms and weapons seller come back to haunt America?

The United States has again topped the list of global arms sellers, with Israel, UAE and India purchasing the bulk of arms including fighter jets, says a think tank, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The independent Swedish institute has also warned that the spiraling sales of fighter jets could further destabilize many parts of the world.

When the Shah of Iran, a strongly pro-U.S. ally, was ousted from power after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the stridently anti-U.S. regime of Ayatollah Khomeini that captured power also inherited a military bonanza: billions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art weapons provided by the United States. Iran still uses U.S.-supplied equipment as part of the backbone of its armed forces.

The U.S. administration’s decision last month to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to potentially unstable Arab nations in the Gulf – including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain – have triggered fears of possible risks to the United States, if history repeats itself.

Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher in the Arms Transfers Program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), told IPS there have been several concerns, most notably relating to Saudi Arabia. “It is difficult for me to make a proper assessment of the risk that the Saudi royal house could be toppled and an anti-American or anti-Western government could take over,” he said.

However, the question is a relevant one, he added, as illustrated by the example of Iran and possibly Iraq in the future.

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3 Responses to “Will U.S. status as world’s top arms and weapons seller come back to haunt America?”

  1. IF WE TREAT THESE MUSLIM ALLIES THE WAY WE DO ISRAEL WE MAY HAVE A PROBLEM UNLESS WE TREAT ISRAEL THE WAY WE SHOULD AND CAUSE THE MODERATE MUSLIM ALLIES TO FIGHT FOR THE SAME REASONS AS THE ISRAELI`S AND MUSLIM] AS WELL AS THE EUROPEAN AND WESTERN ALLIANCES TOO. IF WE ALWAYS REMAIN IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF MIDDLE OF THE ROAD POLITICAL AND NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTS FOR AN ANTI-TERRORIST JIHADIST NETORKS THAT SUPPORT TRADE AS WELL AS DIPLOMATIC UNITY FOR THE LONG TERM FUTURE. WE CAN SUPPORT THE WEAPONS SALES AND MISSILE TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL SAVE MANY LIVES INCLUDING CIVILIAN PUBLIC.

    • The relevant question is:

      Like the weapons provided to the Shah of Iran by the U.S. were, and still are, being used against the U. S. , will the weapons provided to Saudi Arabia, for example, soon be used against the U.S. if and when the Saudi royal house is toppled?

  2. IF ANY TERRORIST NETWORK SUCH AS ANY COMPONENT OF THE AXIS OF EVIL SO CHOOSES TO FIGHT THE U.S. WE CAN PLAN AHEAD AND INVOLVE THE MODERATE MUSLIM`S IN THAT FIGHT LIKE WE DO ISRAEL AND AVOID THE SITUATION THAT WE WERE CONFRONTED WITH IN 1979 WHEN THE ISLAMIC JIHADS DECLARED THROUGH THE CLERICS THEY DID NOT WANT ANY AMERICAN INFLUENCE. IF THE SAUDI[S DO THE SAME THING THEY CAN EXPECT THE SAME RESULTS.


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