Thursday, April 4, 2013

Conservatives: If You Find Yourself on the Same Side as North Korea, Iran and Syria with a U. N. Treaty – Aren’t You One the Wrong Side?

Senate Republicans to Block U. S. Ratification of Treaty on Arms Shipments

Is there a problem in the world that maybe, just maybe, too many weapons are getting into the hands of the wrong people, people like North Korea, Iran or Syria?  Apparently not to radical conservative Republicans.  They feel strongly that the U. S. should protect its right to export massive amounts of military weapons to rogue countries, or to allow rogue countries to obtain such weapons.

So now that there is a treaty to do the following, all of which seems incredibly sensible,

The treaty prohibits countries that ratify it from exporting conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes, or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, or if they could be used in attacks against civilians or schools and hospitals.

The treaty covers battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons.

Enforcement is at the discretion of the countries that ratify the treaty.

Conservatives are mobilizing to defeat it.  Why?  Well the NRA and the gun nuts don’t like it.

The National Rifle Association opposes the treaty and strongly backs the Senate resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.

Opponents of the treaty contend that any restriction on international arms or gun sales will lead to greater gun control in the United States.

And everyone knows that what the NRA says it what goes for Conservatives.  In fact, in order to get a slightly bi-partisan sheen on their desire to increase weapons in dangerous countries there are even some Democrats who oppose the treaty. 

So the next time some dictatorial regime commits horrible acts of massacre against others, don’t fret.  At least the freedom of everyone to own, sell, trade or buy weapons of massive killing power has been preserved.  As for Conservative Republicans, well, we always thought you were closer in philosophy and policy to North Korea, Syria and Iran.  Thanks for confirming that.

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