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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 

Rand Paul is right about this: the US should not make arms deals with the Saudis

Kentucky senator Rand Paul's going to force a vote to oppose any arms deal Trump's administration makes with Saudi Arabia. Here's why:
There’s an arms export legislation from the 1970s and it gives the power to one senator to ask for a vote if they object to an arms sale. I think that by selling Saudi Arabia more arms, we further the arms race. We encourage more arms to be bought on both sides of the arms race. I think that there’s evidence that Saudi Arabia has been involved with terrorism. One of the leaked emails from Hillary Clinton was her saying that ‘my goodness, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding ISIS in Syria—we need to do something to get them to quit funding these radical groups. So there’s a lot of evidence. There’s even evidence going back to 9/11. Sen. Graham—Bob Graham—said that he thought that there was from the 28 pages and other evidence that there was a great deal of evidence pointing to Saudi Arabia’s government actually being involved in 9/11.
Paul's absolutely right that the Saudis don't deserve any more weapons than they've already got. Definitely not if they continue as an autocracy oppressing women and torturing/murdering anybody who disagrees with them. And definitely not if they bankroll attacks on western countries, along with antisemitic and racist school curriculum.

If jihadism is to be defeated, then Saudi Arabia's dictatorship has to be brought down too. Giving them weapons so long as they're bound to keep up their sick conduct won't do that.

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