From THE MAIL:
The most shaming picture to have been published in a newspaper for some time appeared in yesterday’s Mail. It showed a British-made armoured personnel carrier speeding past Libyan demonstrators.
Perhaps you will think that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the genocidal maniac still clinging on to power in Libya as I write, acquired this vehicle from a third party, and that its ominous presence in a Libyan street has nothing to do with Britain. I’m afraid you would be wrong. In 2007, the British Government agreed a £5 million package with Libya which included armoured personnel carriers and water cannon. Since then we have sold arms worth tens of millions of pounds to Gaddafi’s regime. As recently as last summer, the Coalition Government approved licences to sell products to Libya including ‘crowd control ammunition’ and ‘tear gas/irritant ammunition’. Only a few months ago we shipped sniper rifles to Libya.
COMMENT: There should be no arms trade.
But, as that ain't going to happen any day soon, here's a couple of pragmatic suggestions.
1) No government or civil service should be involved in the selling of arms other than to strictly enforce the laws governing sales.
2) The Democratic nations should all get together, define what "democracy" is and limit the sale of arms to those countries that abide by that definition.