The United States on Jan. 25 said it was ending export restrictions for India’s defense and space industries, eyeing trade with a nation shunned for more than a decade over its nuclear weapons program.
“These actions will open important new opportunities for our companies and governments on cooperating in the defense and space areas,” said Robert Blake, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia.
Obama announced on a visit to India in November that he was easing the restrictions, but he did not provide details at the time.
The US hopes that the agreement will allow its companies to cash in as India ramps up nuclear power to provide for a fast-growing economy, as it is also bidding to sell India weapons as it modernizes its military, particularly its aging air force.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who called the easing of restrictions “a significant milestone in reinforcing the U.S.-India strategic partnership,” plans to head to India in early February to promote high-tech trade.
He will be accompanied by 24 companies include The Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Co., according to the Commerce Department.
Source; Defense News
This story is one of many about the massive increase in the global trade in weapons, which is one of the few areas of economic activity that is truly flourishing, even as most of the rest of the world economy continues to be extremely weak. If I wanted to, I could post 50 links to similar stories that I’ve seen on various news sites over the past few months, from news sites all over the world.
The fact that so many governments still make it a priority to spend money on weapons when their people are starving is disheartening, but only slightly less disheartening is the fact that there are so many countries eager to sell to them.
I’ve known a few weapons manufacturers in my time. Their mentality is very close to that of a drug dealer. They have a product that they can sell and make a lot of money, they want to sell as much as possible and they really don’t care who gets hurt or how much damage it causes.
India has hundreds of millions of people living on less than $2 a day. It shouldn’t be spending money on missiles, but it has to because China, Pakistan and Iran are doing the same thing, even though they also have many things that it would be better for them to spend money on.
The US, meanwhile, has many people out of work, and the manufacture of weapons is one of the few businesses that continues to employ a lot of people.
Yeshua (Jesus) speaking of the End Times, said in Mark 13:20:
Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
We must pray urgently that God will spare us and those we love from the worst of what’s coming soon. The massive increase in weapons trafficking, legal and illegal, is just one symptom of the coming catastrophe.
Written by Aaron