Arms deals cost countries plenty

By Enriquecardova at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Ethiopian National Defense Force 1st Lieutenant Ayella Gissa takes aim with an AK-47 assault rifle on a simulated enemy during a practical exercise as part of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa’s train the trainer course in Hurso, Ethiopia, December 27, 2006.

After Nigeria and South Africa became embroiled in an arms deal scandal, I looked at how lucrative they are for developed countries, and how the African market is a victim of relentless arms deal companies taking advantage of the problems in their country.

Military expenditure has increased everywhere except in the developed West. Sometimes, the military expansion is the natural result of economic growth, but many times it is simply autocracy, arms races, civil war, and other issues that really did not require military infrastructure and supplies.

But arms producers are more than happy to please.

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{Image source: By Enriquecardova at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons}

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