The five permanent members of the Security council are the five top exporters of small arms selling 88 percent of the world’s supply (rifles, pistols, light machine guns called Kalashnikovs or AK-47s, hand grenades and landmines. The latter are illegal but still widely manufactured and used. So that makes China, Russia, France, Britain, and the United States the biggest gun runners in the world.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 16 April 1953
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.
- Winston Churchill (I Beatrice)