Saturday, August 12, 2006

Peddler of woes

There seems to be a war declared on humanity, by terrorists. The recent uncovering of the mass annihilation plot doesn’t surprise or shock me. What do you expect when you arm and breed terrorists for your selfish purposes and even promote terrorism in some places to meet your economic agenda? And then they express surprise when the snake they have kept as a pet bites them!!

During the US invasion of Afghanistan, the TV footage showed the terrorists handling some very sophisticated regulation army weaponry. How did arms like these and that too in such huge quantities reach these people? There is obviously a munitions industry that makes and supplies arms. Why aren’t they regulated? Why aren’t the raw material used to make arms and ammunitions regulated? If a strict worldwide embargo on Nuclear weapons can be positioned successfully, then why not for munitions?

Instead of the exhausting and costly task of using the army to fight terror why, can’t the countries of the world get together and lay down strict regulations for arms production and sales? Guess that would shut down a lot of arms factories and be a big blow to the western economies.

If an alien were observing us from up above, he would perhaps be befuddled by the species called ‘Humans’. Always fighting, killing, scheming and aggressive over territory, water, religion and just about everything. We seem to thrive on conflicts.

From what I see, it is possible to stop escalating terror if the Western democracies have the political will to do so. You can’t peddle peace and arms in the same shop.

10 comments:

quills said...

You can't peddle arms and peace in the same shop..very true. But I guess the powers that started the whole illegal funding and arms race realizes now, although a bit too late, how big and nasty a monster they have created due to their own selfish interests. And in the name of religion these monsters set out to destroy innocent people. I wonder what sort of idealogy convinces these people to partake in such inhuman and gory acts of warfare against the entire human race.

Good thought provoking post!

Immigrant in Canada said...

Peace is a commodity..as long as it is that, there would never be peace on earth...
There is always someone willing to pay a higher price...
the humans, we have no value anyway.. it is the oil, strategic location, our policies etc that tells you how much each of us is worth.

neihal said...

my worst fear is countries, or say Govts. using violence, terror and war as political stunts...maybe I am being irrational...but it is happening...look at USA, Pakistan , Israel, and to some extent India.

b v n said...

makes a lot of sense.arms traffiking is so bad for some African nations which spend very high percentages of their GDP on munitions while millions live on sing.the free world should as well realize that terrorism anywhere is a threat to humanity everywhere.

Mind Curry said...

its the human mind operating at a different power level..if you consider the world, without active zones of war the US economy supported by its largest contributor, the defence manufacturers, will crumble..so they ensure they support a government that supports covert wars while proclaiming peace..what happens in india, or any other nation, is the same thing at a smaller level..and within the states it happens at a much more minute level..and if you look closely enough you can see it in your city, your office, and worst case in our own homes too..

silverine said...

Quills: The monster is indeed out of control. And now they are independent of their masters and rather tech savvy too. Thank you for the kind words :)

Sarah: Very true, it is oil or whatever else it maybe that has more value to vested interests that matters.

Neihal: Our neighbour is the most unstable nation and they have nuclear arms while we are still begging the US to let us use nulcear energy for peaceful means.

b v n: I think terrorism can be rooted out completely if the arms supply were to be cut off. But then arms is just another commodity that sustains the western economies.

mind curry: You are absolutely right. These active war zones keeps the arms industry ticking. And I guess no one wants to upset the applecart.

mathew said...

only if it was as easy as it sounds..unfortunately our leaders have "other"m intentions..it just rhetoric blabber and nothing really happens in the ground..Worst no point in us debating on it..

silverine said...

mathew: No one is looking at this angle, which is a tragedy. Everyone is talking about stricter security measures and vigilance etc, but unfortunately the only way we can effectively stop terrorism is by cutting off arms supply. That's my view.

Jeseem said...

do western economies have significant defence industries, yes. but do they make money by selling to poor under-developed conflict regions. compare it against the profit margin in selling a single advanced fighter plane.
A lot of weapons left-over from the cold war are in hands of wrong people.
but unfortunately conflicts are a part of present world. And the developed nations have found the hard way, that the weapons of somewhat older generation ( like 15-20 years) still are quite effective in urban conflicts and guerilla warfare.

silverine said...

Jeseem: I hope the West has learnt it's lessons. That is our only hope.