Being close to Africa, in a country many would include in discussions about that continent, one is more aware of the politics of the region. News headlines, which normally go ignored, are considered. For example, I noted that the United States has announced (and is being criticised for) sending military aid to many African countries, some of which are dictatorships. Many foresee the inciting of crosses like those currently befalling countries on a band from Afghanistan to Libya. The last thing this part of the world needs is more weapons, but these are fertile grounds for the production of profits for weapons manufacturers.
Contrasting the American approach is the way the Chinese are “attacking” Africa. For years, they have been offering economic aid and trade credits to many countries. They are building infrastructure on fertile ground for non-lethal Chinese industries. Of course, they are benefiting Chinese companies, but the natives are gaining jobs, roads, airports, schools, etc.
Guess which nation has the better image….except with dictators…
Below is a fun chart from the Guardian, which shows European weapons sales by date, type and nation.
Not surprising is to find France leading the league. That means that they beat Germany in at least one area.
Most interesting fact is that Gibraltar spent 149 euros of “weapons”. Even the Vatican--the Vatican!--spent more...ten times more! One is aware that the Catholic Church is under attack, but most words have been used to date.