Merchants Of Death Essay

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"Merchants of Death - The Truth behind the Arms Industry"NAME HEREDATE AND OTHER SUCH INFORMATION"Bullets change governments far surer than votes."Cage, N. (Producer), & Niccol, A. (Director). (2005). Lord of War [Motion Picture]. Santa Monica, CA: Lions Gate Films.Though sugarcoated for the general public, the 2005 motion picture "Lord of War" is a candid eye-opener to one of the world's most massive global 'businesses'. Arms trade or 'Gunrunning' is an international business practiced worldwide. Decades ago the arms business was largely controlled by the governments of the world. Though there are groups of private arms companies now, gunrunning remains tied to today's politics and relations of the world. The arms industry holds a key position in the world's politics; as alliances between countries are made, and as treaties are indoctrinated. The world's politics is a complex system, with the leaders of the superpowers of the world making the rules, and arms companies (large private groups of gunrunners) carrying out orders. However, if one were to give it some thought, it would seem likely that it's the other way around; that it's actually the gunrunners which has an influence on the governments.The Arms Trade is undoubtedly one of the world's biggest industries employing hundreds of thousands worldwide. Prosperous, developed and financially stable countries such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Russia and France partake in the selling of small arms and all assortments of weapons to other countries, specifically developing third world countries. The United States has sold approximately 123.543 billion US dollars worth of weapons developing and industrialized countries from 1999 to 2006, and this is excluding Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Pakistan, Israel, U.A.E, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, China, India, etc. Of this number, 79.533 billion was sold to developing countries; about 64.4% of the total arms trade. The United States is the leading arms trader in the world selling about 39% of all the weapons sold within this time period.Over 75% of arms sold by the United Kingdom in 1989 were sold to poor, undeveloped countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Korea. Maybe at first glance, there seemingly may not be anything wrong with this now common practice, however taking a closer look reveals the horror and brutality behind this industry. As previously stated the majority of the weapons are sold to less developed countries. In almost all cases these countries have extremely poor standards of living; i.e. poor public services, such as education and health, a shattered or even nonexistent infrastructure, and in many instances the majority of the countries inhabitants have a severe lack of food, water, housing and little to no relief. The substantial billions spent yearly on these instruments of war could most likely take care and provide for the numerous starving populations worldwide.An...

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