America is once again poised to sell arms to its allies in the Middle East. The New York Times reported Washington is to lift current restrictions.
The sale of weapons to Arab dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia is said to give the Israel-Arab alliance a military advantage over Iran. If correct, far from being a noble cause, this move would appear to suggest a continuing American commitment to military aggression abroad – and particularly in the Middle East. Since June 2014, Israel and Saudi Arabia have both bombed and killed thousands of innocent civilians in Gaza and Yemen.
This evidently raises questions about the wisdom of selling weapons to these regimes. There’s also an apparent hypocrisy in the situation. The US has recently been part of a historic agreement with Iran based on trust over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet Washington’s willingness to arm Iran’s enemies hints at bullying and backstabbing.