Authored by Josef Joffe, originally posted Op-Ed via Reuters,
Who is the world?s No. 3 arms exporter, after the United States and Russia? Surprise. It is Germany, a country bound by law to supply only allies and peaceable folks like (neutral) Switzerland or Sweden. Off limits are ?areas of tension? ? bad neighborhoods that actually need the stuff.
Yet somehow, Israel and Saudi Arabia, both living in the world?s powder keg, are among Germany?s best customers. So are Algeria, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
What doesn?t go directly finds its way on the international arms bazaar. Consider, no self-respecting drug czar ? Russian or Mexican ? would flaunt a Czech-made ?Skorpion.? It has to be a Heckler & Koch MP-5, also much beloved by U.S. Special Operations forces.
But never, ever has Germany delivered to nonstate forces. This month marks a profound break with that tradition. Germany has…
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