This video says about itself:
13 Jan 2012
U.K Prime Minister Cameron is under pressure by many British MP’s over arms deals with Saudi Arabia during his first visit to the country since becoming Prime Minister. Saudi civilians have no right to protest, no right to vote, and lately demonstrations have been silenced with Saudi men, women and children being killed or jailed for taking part in protests.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Gulf chill over UK fighter sales
• Implications for other Gulf arms deals after Iran nuclear talks
If there were any remaining doubts that arms sales take precedence over human rights or concerns about exacerbating regional tensions, the British government has been unashamedly quashing them.
UK prime minister David Cameron and his defence secretary Philip Hammond have been busy trying to persuade the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to buy British Typhoon jets, following the example of Saudi Arabia and Oman.
The Saudis, the UK’s largest arms customer, have bought 72 Typhoons, and the Omanis 12 in a deal backed by a UK government guaranteed loan of £2bn.
British ministers have been engaged in intensive talks with Bahrain over the sale of 12 Typhoon in a deal worth more than £1bn.
The UAE now seem to be having second thoughts, with a deal, expected to be announced before the end of the year, now reported to be “on hold”.
British officials suggest it is simply because the UAE are being canny, being hard to get as the French are also in the market – trying to persuade the Gulf state to buy their Rafale aircraft instead of the Typhoon.
Seasoned observers of the Gulf scene, however, say there is more to it than that. The UAE, along with other Gulf states, have been being making friendly overtures to Iran following the election of that country’s new president and the prospect of a deal on its nuclear programme.
They may not want to sign what would seem to be a provocative arms deal with a western country.
Gulf states may soon realise that they don’t actually need the Typhoons – what they may need more urgently are weapons for use in internal repression…
Sarah Waldron, of CAAT, the campaign against the arms trade, said: “The crackdown in Bahrain has intensified, yet the UK does not speak out against the abuses that are daily committed by government forces”.
(The Commons foreign affairs committee merely noted in a recent report that while defence cooperation and arms sales with Bahrain had “proved controversial” since the violent events of 2011, it was “persuaded that Bahrain provides an immensely valuable home in the Gulf for UK naval assets which would be difficult to find elsewhere”.)
CAAT noted that in March 2011 Saudi Arabia employed British manufactured BAE Tactica armoured vehicles in Bahrain to support the Bahrain government crackdown on protesters.
(The Commons committee simply described Saudi Arabia as “important to the UK’s defence, security and commercial interests.”)
- British Typhoon warplanes to Bahraini dictatorship (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
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- UK arms deal with United Arab Emirates ‘on hold’ after Iran overtures to Gulf states (standard.co.uk)
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