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Kerry To Sign United Nations ‘Arms Trade Treaty’

From a gleeful Associated Press:

Official: Kerry to sign landmark arms trade treaty

By MATTHEW LEE | September 24, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — American officials say Secretary of State John Kerry will sign a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade during the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting this week.

The officials said Kerry will sign the Arms Trade Treaty on Wednesday, initiating an uncertain ratification process in the U.S. Senate. Some lawmakers have expressed strong opposition to the United States becoming a party to the treaty…

The U.S. is the world’s largest arms dealer and its accession is seen as critical to the treaty’s success, although many of the world’s other top arms exporters and importers have not signed the document.

According to the (radical leftist) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in 2012 the US exported $8.7 billion dollars worth of arms. The number two exporter, Russia, exported $8 billion dollars worth. And Russia as well as China (the fifth largest exporter) abstained in the April UN vote on this treaty. And both of them have yet to sign the pact.

But even if they do sign it, anyone believe for a nanosecond that Russia and China actually report all of their arms sales? And does anyone believe they will abide by any such treaty?

The treaty will require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not control the domestic use of weapons in any country.

Right. And we believe that, too.

It prohibits the transfer of conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, and if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals…

So Russia will have to stop exporting weapons to Syria and North Korea?

More than 85 countries have signed the treaty to date, but it will not take effect until 50 nations have ratified it.

The Obama administration announced it would sign the treaty in June over the objections of critics who fear it will undermine constitutional rights…

You mean like the Second Amendment?

In considering whether to authorize the export of arms, a country must evaluate whether the weapons would be used to violate international human rights laws or be employed by terrorists or organized crime elements…

Like Obama’s shipping of weapons to the terrorists in Syria?

In addition, the treaty requires countries to take measures to prevent the diversion of conventional weapons to the illicit market.

But "it will not control the domestic use of weapons in any country." Of course, this means that any imported conventional weapons ‘on the illicit market’ could be seized. And the government will decide what constitutes the ‘illicit market.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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