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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Made In America: U.S. Sends Weapons To Oppressive Regimes

As U.S. politicians voiced their support for the brave men and women standing up for freedom in the Arab world, those same protesters were being suppressed with weapons from the United States.

The problem goes far deeper than the occasionally-noted fact that tear gas canisters used in Egypt were American-made: The United States regularly supplies large quantities of weapons to repressive regimes. The practice of ignoring gross human rights violations and bolstering these governments not only implicates Americans in overseas oppression; it also further delegitimizes any U.S. claims of spreading democracy and peace, tarnishing our global reputation and reducing our morality to hypocrisy.