Now we are beginning to see the full impact of the information age. What will happen when there are no more corporate secrets?? heh
The British government was accused of “breathtaking laxity” in its arms controls last night after it emerged that officials authorised the export to Syria of two chemicals capable of being used to make a nerve agent such as sarin a year ago.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will today be asked by MPs to explain why a British company was granted export licences for the dual-use substances for six months in 2012 while Syria’s civil war was raging and concern was rife that the regime could use chemical weapons on its own people. The disclosure of the licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride, which can both be used as precursor chemicals in the manufacture of nerve gas, came as the US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had evidence that sarin gas was used in last month’s atrocity in Damascus.
Laxity, however breathtaking, implies a certain innocence. But is it really laxity? Or a rather strong push from corporate greed? You and I are on the same side in this one.
A bit tangent... While I certainly don't see Britain or our own country as evildoers per se -- I do view them as the biggest hypocrites in the world - bar none! Australia might be a distant third.
And why did I leave out countries like China, you might ask? Because China doesn't pretend to be altruistic and doesn't lecture the world accordingly. China may be a lot of things (thief?) -- but hypocrite it is not.
-------------- The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. -- St. Augustine