22 thoughts on “British government welcomes dictatorships at London arms fair

  1. U.S. arms sales actually undermine many U.S. foreign policy goals by providing physical and political support to the Turkish military at the expense of democratically elected leaders and civil society. The Turkish military’s 15-year war against the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey has involved severe violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force. The war has served as an excuse to repress political leaders, journalists, and human rights activists seeking greater rights for Kurds and a peaceful end to the war. Additionally, in the name of protecting a strictly secular society, the Turkish military uses its inordinate power to suppress religious expression and mild political Islamic activism.

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    • Thanks for your comment. Not just United States arms sales, also other countries’ arms sales often undermine democracy.

      In Turkey, the problem is not just undemocratic tendencies in the armed forces. Also in the Erdogan government, violently oppressing the Gezi park pro-democracy movement, and stoking war in Syria.

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