Britain Weighs Ban On Arms Sales To Israel As US Mulls Intervention In Iraq
Britain Considering Ban On Arms Sales To Israel
Britain’s Independent newspaper is reporting that the government is considering banning arms sales to Israel.
Speaking on his radio program, Labor Party member Nick Clegg said that the ban is “something we are discussing in Government right now and I hope we can make an announcement, I believe we will be able to issue a sort of tougher approach to all of this, which can give the British public confidence that we stick to the rules by which these licences are issued.”
Clegg’s position is shared by the equally left-leaning Guardian newspaper. Columnist Andrew Smith voiced skepticism a ban would go into effect since it is an issue which has been debated before. In addition, he said, the issue of arms sales goes beyond the current war in Israel.
“The UK has a long and inglorious history of selling arms into war zones. In the past few years UK weapons have been used to facilitate oppression in Bahrain, Egypt and Libya. The UK’s largest arms buyer is Saudi Arabia, which bought weapons worth £1.6bn in 2013 alone,” Smith argued.
US Humanitarian Intervention In Iraq
As the United States prepares to drop relief supplies into Iraq, policymakers and the administration are again faced with the question of whether or not to intervene to prevent a possible genocide.
“Rather than ask why the United States should conduct such an intervention, I find myself asking why on earth shouldn’t we?” asks Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution.
“There are vast numbers of people suffering in the world, so this is always going to be a question that some will ask. My response is that there are some situations where the suffering is acute, danger is imminent, and where there is something that the U.S. can do about it. Those are the cases where they U.S. should unquestionably act, and those criteria greatly diminish the number of eligible cases. I think the immediate situation of the Yazidi and other northern Iraqi minorities are clearly part of that set of cases. Moreover, I think it absurd to allow ourselves to be paralyzed by academic debates over which groups are most deserving of American assistance when there is a clear and pressing humanitarian need that we could be addressing,” he wrote.
While ISIS’ persecution of Yazidi sparks outrage among some in the international community, it is the brazen commitment to establishing a caliphate that has many more concerned.
“Our Islamic State forces are still fighting in all directions and we will not step down until the project of the caliphate is established, with the will of God,” the terrorist organization said in a statement.