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Spot the Difference

Updated on January 16, 2012

Human Rights


Weapons Sales

Recently the United States acknowledged that they were committed to a deal to sell Saudi Arabia $80 million of arms, mainly aircraft.

Now, not only will they not sell arms to but are requesting that no other country sells arms to Iran.

The reasons they give for not wanting Iran to have arms are several.

Firstly they say that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons.

Secondly they say that Iran has a terrible history on human rights.

Thirdly they say that Iran has stated that it wants to see the end of a Jewish State [Israel].

The invasion of Iraq was based on Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. A bad human rights record and possible involvement in 9/11.

Ballistic Missile
Ballistic Missile | Source

Saudi Arabia

According to the UK’s Daily Mail in December 2011, the Saudi Government printed and distributed text books to schools that stated that the annihilation of the Jews was imperative. It also gave instructions on how to remove the hands and feet of thieves. They have been known to kill people for the crime of sorcery, yet nowhere in their laws does it define what constitutes sorcery.

15 of the 19, 9/11 terrorists were Saudis.

It is highly likely that Saudi Arabia already has nuclear weapons. If they haven’t been given them by the United States, the Sunni Muslim State of Pakistan probably has.

The United States claims that they are selling the arms to Saudi Arabia, in order to promote peace in the area.

If the US really wanted to promote peace in the area, perhaps they should not have launched a ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, during war games jointly held with Saudi Arabia.

I do not want to see the Iranians with nuclear weapons and I would like them to improve their human rights records.

I do not however believe that the United States are going about it the right way.

If they were to be a little less blatantly hypocritical, perhaps they may more easily secure backing from the rest of the world and actually achieve more results.

Perhaps the only difference is that Saudi does business with the US, whilst the others choose not to. So much for the “so called” freedom of choice.


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    • rafken profile image

      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      My bad $80 billion

    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      As the man said, "If you want to know why the crime happened, follow the money." The Saudis are absurdly wealthy, give lots of presents and distribute favours throughout the Arab world. ALL Arabs are against the US and Britain, etc., although they may say otherwise to stay in favor.

      80 million doesn't sound like much? Just a couple of modern warplanes


    • MG Singh profile image

      MG Singh 6 years ago from Singapore

      Well written post. You have rightly pointed out that supporting an obscurantist regime like Saudi Arabia shows the sham policy of the USA.