The Netherlands among top five arms exporters

This 2017 video from Britain says about itself:

A Rough Guide to the UK Arms Trade

The UK government claims to have a “responsible” policy on arms exports. But is that really the case?

This blog post is not from the Google cache.

From BigNews network:

The Netherlands among top five arms exporters

IANS Thursday 28th December, 2006

Dutch arms exports soared to $1.6 billion in 2005, pushing the Netherlands into the top five military exporters for the year, Volkskrant newspaper said Thursday.

Chile, which has taken surplus Dutch frigates and F-16 strike aircraft over recent years, bought arms amounting to euro 296 million in 2005.

Egypt spent euro 40 million in 2005, the most recent year for which figures were available, according to research conducted by Martin Broek, an activist who has pressed the state for years to provide details of arms trading activities.

Much of the trade was in high-value simulation systems and electronic components for tanks, helicopters and aircraft produced elsewhere, and much of it was conducted with other NATO members, according to Broek.

The main exporters included the defence ministry and companies such as Stork Aerospace, Damen shipbuilders and Thales, the Dutch branch of which makes naval defence systems.

Arms have also been shipped to Lebanon, Israel, Pakistan and Peru via Dutch ports, he said.

Broek predicted arms exports of the Netherlands in 2006 would be even higher, with big orders expected from Chile and Indonesia.

Dutch businessmen really can be proud of themselves … NOT!

If these exporters of death sell arms to both Israel and Lebanon; and these armies go to war, like this year, then, presumably, the profiteers will be able to rake in more profits.

There were already Dutch arms exports to Chile in the Pinochet days.

There are still Pinochet supporters in the Chilean armed forces.

If they, maybe supported by George W Bush, or by a successor of Bush, will think President Bachelet, or maybe a successor of hers, is too Leftist …

And if they will decide to violently depose the democratically elected Chilean government, like happened to President Allende on 9/11 1973 … will their weapons then include Dutch ones?

The Pinochet of Pakistan, General Musharraf, already gets Dutch arms right now.

11 thoughts on “The Netherlands among top five arms exporters

  1. Thanx it is slowly improving after this blog was published. The Netherlands is number six now, after Russia, the US, France, UK and Germany, but before Italy, China and Israel. How big a small country can be. By the way the US is the biggest customer and partner.


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