Pope Address U.S. Congress – Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade

25 09 2015

From Dandelion Salad

Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade by David Swanson + Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress + Transcript

“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.” – Pope Francis

http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/pope-tells-worlds-top-arms-dealers-to-end-arms-trade-by-david-swanson/

Dan Froomkin – Pope Decries “Shameful and Culpable Silence” on Arms Sales “Drenched in Innocent Blood”

” . . . a healthy chunk of those [U.S.] arms sales — especially to Israel and Egypt — are heavily subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer.

Congress, which could have blocked any of this, went along happily — in no small part because of the approximately $150 million a year the defense industry spends on lobbying and direct campaign contributions.”

http://theintercept.com/2015/09/24/pope-decries-shameful-culpable-silence-arms-sales-drenched-innocent-blood/

The United States Leads Upward Trend in Arms Exports, Asian and Gulf States Arms Imports Up – SIPRI

Stockholm, 16 March 2015 (SIPRI)* – The United States has taken a firm lead as the major arms exporter globally, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 16 per cent between 2005–2009 and 2010–14.

http://paying-attention.beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/03/the-united-states-leads-upward-trend-in-arms-exports-asian-and-gulf-states-arms-imports-up-sipri-3122818.html

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25 09 2015
donwreford

The Pope is fortunate that he has a huge following to voice what I would say is the voice of millions if not billions except maybe 1% of the global population.

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