In the 1980’s, global arms spending rocketed to nearly $1 trillion annually — or, about $2 million a minute. The two leading arms merchants were the United States and the former Soviet Union. Now the Soviet Union is gone, but its place has been taken by others; with the U.S. being the grand trafficker leading the pack. (This was named the #4 top censored story of 1992.)

With the end of the Cold War, some Americans held out hope that U.S. arms production sales would be reduced and arms plants converted to civilian factories. This has not happened; instead the U.S. has kept its arms factories humming with exports.

Some facts from the Center for Defense Information include the following:

The U.S. is the world’s top weapons supplier

The U.S. has provided over $128 billion in weaponry and military assistance to more than 125 of the world’s 169 countries in the last decade.

The U.S. continues to provide arms to a number of nations with chronic records of human rights violations.

In Latin America, El Salvador’s bloody regime garners the largest share of U.S. military sales.

Former President Dwight Eisenhower tried to warn America of the dangers of this entrenched addiction and dependence on military production and sales:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who are cold and are not fed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the wealth of its workers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

(Sources: World Press Review, September, 1992; The Human Quest, July/August, 1992.)




“Despite a recession that knocked down global arms sales last year, the U.S. expanded its role as the world’s leading weapons supplier, increasing its share to more than two-thirds of all foreign armaments deals, according to a new congressional study,” as reported by the New York Times, September 7, 2009.

“The United States signed weapons agreements valued at $37.8 billion in 2008, or 68.4 percent of all business in the global arms market, up significantly from American sales of $25.4 billion the year before.

“Italy was a distant second, with $3.7 billion in worldwide weapons sales in 2008, while Russia was third with $3.5 billion in arms sales last year- down considerably from the $10.8 billion in weapons deals signed by Moscow in 2007,”


Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it!

-George Santayana