Stop the western weapons sales to IS and stop the terror. Well….?

Ok, I have been reading all the self-righteous, war-mongering, hand-wringing post-Paris news media. All of them seem to have one thing in common: to defeat IS we need more Western involvement which translates as more and greater armed response.  At the same time there are articles about “oh, what can we do about IS” or “this is so unsolvable”. Well, wait a minute, where do all the arms that IS uses come from? They don’t just spring fully formed out of the desert do they? Of course not, they come from Canada, the USA, Britain, and yes, France among others. So if nations are really serious about choking IS then the above countries just have to eschew the profits that their arms industries generate for their GDPs. Don’t sell them weapons. Of course telling a nation state that is like telling a junk dealer not to sell to junkies. So the whole sanctimonious hypocrisy of  “what can we do about IS” is such nonsense. Each of these nation states, whether directly or indirectly, sell the arms and explosives etc. to the very “enemy” they try to persuade its citizens are bad. Who’s bad? Canada, the USA, Britain, and yes, France are bad. They are the worst. They provide the weaponery to kill their own citizens. Of course we don’t have to say this to indigenous peoples around the world do we…?


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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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