I have stumbled upon a sadly interesting interactive website the other day. Why Sadly ? Because it shows the trade of the small arms and their ammunition in the world ( no big missiles, ships, warplanes, etc ). It’s BIG money. (Click Here to see the Site ) And we are only talking about the small arms… A lot of money that could have been brought to more noble causes, like fighting against hunger and poverty, education, like investments in real infrastructure regarding the environmental causes, like researching medical appliances. The List is long.
The world in 2013 approximatevly spent $1595.1 BILLIONS ( IISS) and $1747 BILLIONS (SIPRI). Now that’s scary… oh and the freedom teacher of the world, the United States, that have very good relationships with Saudi Arabia ( weapons and diplomacy ) alone spent 36.6% of the world expenditure, Saudi Arabia is 4th.
In 2011, Lebanon has imported $25,010,000 and exported 535,000$ of small arms. “Our” biggest partner was Turkey, it sold to the country the amount of $8,295,000. Lebanon has exported $245,000 to South Korea, making it the top destination of the exportation. 2010 numbers were way better. Maybe the civil unrest and the “arab spring” have relented the exporters of the region.
Now Israel, the country that bombs us from time to time, has quite good numbers. In 2011, it exported more than imported. And of course the main importer of Israel is the United States. In 1996, Israel imported $234,040,000 of “goods”, with #232M alone from the USA. It’s odd…it was the year Israel launched the operation ” the grapes of wrath” in Lebanon. I have no resources to assure it. And let’s not forget we are speaking of small arms.
Russia have very good exports to the United States from 1992 to 2011. Iran, the American nightmare, has imported 4,5M of small arms in 2011…scary number right ?
The end these endless numbers, here’s a video of the importation and exportation of the United States, it’s hallucinating.
And that’s only the small arms, the official deals…I am sure that the black market do far bigger businesses in the world.
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