The current issue of The Spectator lists the world’s biggest arms exporters and importers.
Here are the Biggest Sellers:
If you’re good at something, continue to do it!
These nations battled hard in the Second World War. Although France probably earned its expertise in the one before. Japan would be on that list too, if it wasn’t for the restrictions imposed on it after 1945.
Here are the Biggest Buyers:
South Korea: $1.8bn
Now, what are theses countries playing at? You’d think that the biggest arms buyers would be those that can afford it. The rich countries.
But no, here are their GDP rankings:
South Korea: 15th
They’re certainly not the richest!
And if you look at their GDP rankings per capita (which is the GDP divided by their population) then it looks like this:
South Korea: 33rd
I don’t think any of these countries, except for South Korea, are even remotely in danger of finding itself at war.
So why the arms spending spree? And why an arms race across that causeway in South East Asia?
I’m sure there’s a better use for those billions!