Thu Sep 20, 2018, 02:47 AM

Despite Pledge Not to, Germany Approves Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia there any way--even one--where Merkel isn't a complete and utter fuck-up?

Jason Ditz Posted on September 19, 2018Categories NewsTags Germany, Saudi Arabia
With Saudi Arabia forever escalating their war in Yemen, the growing calls by human rights groups to stop selling them arms with which to commit war crimes are struggling to compete with the vast sums of money the Saudis are offering for those arms.

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War, announcing Wednesday that the Economy Minister has greenlit a new round of artillery systems for sale to the Saudis.

The systems are designed for precise counterattack, and are clearly being bought explicitly to use in Yemen. Yet the Merkel government, as part of its coalition deal, announced a full export ban to “any sides fighting in Yemen,” including the Saudis.

While this was at the time supposed to be a condition of the Social Democrats joining the government. So far, Merkel has not explained why the sale was approved over the putative ban, and the Social Democrats have not complained either.

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joefriday6 Sep 2018 #1

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Thu Sep 20, 2018, 11:05 AM

1. She has been that since her first day on the job.

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