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Lobbying and the Arms Trade

The massive killing machine described here is the weapon now wielded by the Jewish power structure against all peoples who would be independent and free.

by Michael Walsh

WITH ITS staggering $692 billion war (defence) budget the U.S arms industry constitutes 43% of the world’s military expenditure. This amount is not far behind Britain and Russia’s combined export trade.

The financial resources and political clout exercised by this military machine’s lobbying apparatus dwarf many national interests and economies. Arms manufacturing and pharmaceutical conglomerates are far more omnipotent and influential than are many governments.

Lobbying is a euphemism for sharp-suited salesmen drawing on blank cheque books to sell their company’s products. Arms industries’ lobbyists exert enormous influence on government policy. It is in their interest to continually exaggerate or fake threats of war just as rogue window salesmen over-stress fault in near perfect windows. Mainstream media news desks receive a constant stream of ‘cry wolf’ misinformation spewed out by the Press Departments of the arms conglomerates.

Barry White, a British journalist, participated in a Brussels tour that covered the European arms industry lobby. In that one city more than 20,000 lobbyists influence the European Union’s institutions. Most sales representatives operate from offices situated in the four square kilometres surrounding the European Union’s Commission and parliament.

An impressive 70 per cent of these pushy-pushy salesmen and women are employed by the corporate giants. Many are engaged by Non-Government Organisations (NGO) or self-interest organisations such as trade unions. Former EU Commissioner, Marian Fischer Boel described Brussels as a lobbying paradise equal to the power of U.S lobbyists.

The EU arms industry lobby is phenomenal in the influence it wields. One might wonder why this should be so as the EU is mainly dependent upon the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that is 70 per cent financed and equipped by the United States. The heat is on because of the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty that replaced the now obsolete EU Constitution. Since then, there has been a European initiative to become less reliant on NATO that has hitherto fuelled the European arms industry lobby. According to Barry White the arms industry seized the moment.

Following the dissolution of its constitution the EU became an independent military alliance with an infrastructure for civil-military interventions. The EU has its own armaments agency. Governments through banking and arms industry lobbyists are under continual pressure to prepare or engage in conflict.

This explains why the electorate are confused as to why parliamentarians wage wars they oppose. The voters are up against dominant well-financed lobbying forces actively influencing government decisions. The electorate exercise their powers of persuasion one day every five years; the lobbyists do it every single day.

It is doubtful if lobbyists take Christmas off. One can presume that key decision makers in government receive many Christmas inducements from arms industry lobbyists. It is unlikely that the Christmas cards sent by such salesmen bear the message, ‘peace on earth to all men’.

The European arms industry use a myriad of strategies to penetrate decision making institutions. Using a system known in political circles as ‘entryism’ lobbyists sit on advisory groups and become members of think tanks. Arms industry salesmen are slipped on to various advisory and expert groups from where they influence budget decisions and political strategy. The arms industries salesmen are paid to cosy up to a government’s key decision makers. An important part of their spiel is to invent internal and external threats, for without such, there would be no need for defence.

Politicians are not renowned for their principles. Parliamentarians are ambiguous about brown envelopes and other forms of corruption. Often coming from modest backgrounds many members of parliament, senators and congressmen on accessing the portals of power are overwhelmed by flattery, free lunches, riches and a gravy train lifestyle undreamed of. Senators who voted to attack Syria received 83 per cent more campaign money from military contractors than lawmakers voting no. The people’s so-called representatives are a pushover for experienced hard-headed well paid arms industry lobbyists.

Lobbying is the ignition key of wars. On October 3, 1938, four days before the signing of the Munich Peace Agreement, the novelist and wife of British Member of Parliament, General Sir. Edward Spears bitterly complained: “Poor Edward. Now there’s bound to be a General election, and we are now faced with the prospect of losing £2,000 a year from the Czechs (£33,000 today’s value). Can you believe it; and his seat in parliament?”

In the Czech files (Boston University, Massachusetts) was found records of a telephone call from the pro-war Prague-based Czech Ambassador, Jan Masaryk made in September 1938. This recorded a conversation: “Mr Churchill is asking for more. Mr Atlee is asking for more as well!”

These Czech files revealed that £2 million (£33 million at today’s value) had already been sent from Prague to London in July 1938 for payments made to influential pro-war opposition Conservative MPs. These included Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan, all of whom became prime ministers.

The big four arms makers in Europe are BAE Systems, Finmeccanica, EADS and Thales. As with the banking industry there is little effective regulation of these corporate giants. Indeed, many are inextricably linked to government ministers, parliamentarians, infiltrated lobbyists and government personnel in key decision making positions.

As a consequence much arms material is bought without there being a need for it. In the meantime service personnel on the frontline are denied appropriate arms and equipment. If it were otherwise then replacement solutions would not be needed. If that were to happen then the only ones doing the dying would be those employed in the arms industry.

The Politician

I could not dig: I dared not rob,
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among,
Mine angry and defrauded young?

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

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