Sunday, July 20, 2008

Small Arms Trafficking

C J Chivers reported in the NY Times this weekend on the continuing effort at the UN to get the world's arms suppliers to agree on measures to restrict the illicit flow of small arms to nations beset by ongoing violent conflicts.

Since 2001, United Nations members have endorsed a broad but loosely defined initiative, called the program of action, for a collective effort against illegal arms circulation. The agreement in part encourages governments to tighten controls on manufacturing, marking, tracing, brokering, exporting and stockpiling small arms and to cooperate to restrict illicit flows, particularly to regions perennially in armed conflict. It addresses hundreds of millions of weapons, ranging from pistols to shoulder-fired rockets, that the United Nations says are in circulation worldwide.

[snip]

The work to date, which the State Department says it supports, has helped spur small-arms control programs around the world, including disarmament efforts, reintegration centers for child soldiers and the creation in many countries of arms-brokering laws.
However, more comprehensive, binding agreements have run into a roadbloack - in part from nations like China and Pakistan who flatly deny, against overwhelming contrary evidence, that their weapons ever get into the wrong hands, but also from the United States. Yeah - the United States.

Why does the United States have a problem with stopping shoulder-fired rockets and AK-47's from being sold to the FARC or Al Qaeda? You'd have to ask Wayne LaPierre and the NRA. The US gun lobby has blocked all efforts to move this program forward.

Are you ever embarrassed to be an American?

Of course, if we are getting back into the business of proxy wars, such an agreement could get in the way of our national security policy...

Technorati Tags:

posted at 9:28:00 PM by Neil

| +Save/Share | |

Links to this post:

Create a Link




FEATURED QUOTE

"It is the logic of our times
No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."


-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?


ABOUT US

  • What is the Blue Voice?
  • Bruce Miller
  • Fdtate
  • Marcia Ellen (on hiatus)
  • Marigolds2
  • Neil
  • Tankwoman
  • Wonky Muse

  • RECENT POSTS

  • McCain's Iraq Policy: DOA
  • Obama and Reagan?
  • Learned Optimism
  • Slumber, My Darling
  • Appalachian Waltz
  • Prohibition Blues
  • "Every bit of that has to change"
  • WSJ Report on McCain Funding
  • Obama Fundraising Numbers
  • Further thoughts on Afghanistan

  • ARCHIVES




    RECENT COMMENTS

    [Tip: Point cursor to any comment to see title of post being discussed.]
    SEARCH THIS SITE
    Google
    www TBV

    BLUE'S NEWS





    ACT BLUE











    BLUE LINKS

    Environmental Links
    Gay/Lesbian Links
    News & Media Links
    Organization Links
    Political Links
    Religious Links
    Watchdog Links

    BLUE ROLL


    MISCELLANEOUS

    Atom/XML Feed
    Blogarama - Blog Directory
    Blogwise - blog directory

    Blogstreet
    Haloscan


    Blogger

    hits since 06-13-2005

    site design: wonky muse
    image: fpsoftlab.com