Peace at Any Price, Costs Too Much

Feb 28, 2011 No Comments by

God does not like ‘hands that shed innocent blood.’ (Proverbs 6:17) He goes further in Isaiah 59. “They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.’ (Isaiah 59: 4)‘Their works are works of iniquity and an act of violence is in their hands,” verse 6.

What would you expect to see if a fire is raging and you throw more logs into the flames. Right, more fire!!!

Most Western leaders are rushing to the microphones and TV cameras to make chest-thumping speeches about the bloodshed in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco, and Algeria. This goes on even while their cohorts are hidden away in the counting house counting the cash from record arms sales.

Just a week ago, when the world was praying and seeking mercy for the people in Libya, western arms makers were jostling each other for deals at the 10th International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

Even while Libya dictator Muammar Gaddafi butchered his own people, a spokesman for a leading European aviation group declared, “The post-financial crisis reality is that today it is clearly the Middle East that is seeing the biggest growth.”

More than 1000 exhibitors filled more than 30 pavilions hungry to make a deal. There are no shortage of customers. Saudi Arabia. United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan are set to spend $68 billion this year. The forecasters predict they will reach $80 billion in 2015.

Costly Wars. U.S Dominates.

The West eyes this market with high expectation. The competition is hot. Chinese and French companies are in the race and let’s not forget the Russians.

“Among the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Libya is one of the main buyers of Russian weapons,” according to an informed source.

When Gaddafi falls the cost to Russian interests is estimated to be $4 billion. That figure reaches $10 billion when the entire region is brought into the calculations.

Russia this week announced it will sell anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria. Israel rightly fears the Russian equipment well end up in the hands of Hizbullah.

British interests are not to be forgotten. Defence Secretary Liam Fox said they were after a ‘healthy slice ‘ of the Middle East market.

But a UAE news report probably is the most disappointing. It said ‘U.S. Dominates Middles East Arms Market.’

The report estimated, 54 percent of ‘Middle East military hardware’ has been supplied by U.S. interests. The Stockholm International Peace Institute announced the UAE was the largest market for conventional arms in the period 2005-09.

Certainly the American motivation goes further than the cash return. America hopes to strengthen Arab nations which are aligned with them. They also hope to improve their standing with the countries involved.

The U.S. is aiming at achieving their biggest contract ever, with Saudi Arabia planning to spend $67 billion over the next 10 years. That brings the regional spending spree to a whopping $123 billion of arms just in the gulf states.

Right now Gaddafi is handing out weapons to his supporters in Tripoli in a move likely to unleash catastrophic mayhem and slaughter.

Certainly the massive weapons build up in this region is part of the plan to contain Iran as it pushes on to obtain nuclear weapons.

The world is in chaos. The frenzy to sell more weapons in the region seems to diminish the importance of human life.

Paul described the ‘foolishness of this world.’ (1 Cor 3:19)

“The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless,” (1 Cor. 3:20)

That about sums it up!

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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