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Will the US Mlitary-Industrial Complex Save the Middle East?

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During the recent so-called “strategic dialogue” with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud, the US Foreign Minister said that “the US Military-Industrial Complex will save the Middle East.” Given the particular emphasis placed in Washington on the supply of American weapons to the Middle East region, the position indicated by Mike Pompeo speaks of its “strategic” role.

Yes, the United States has a very dubious reputation as a world leader in the arms trade, which has repeatedly confirmed the direct relationship between the supply of weapons and the intensity of conflicts, and how arms exports can serve the political interests of the American elite. Therefore, Washington’s argument that the transfer of weapons to US allies is an element of “stability” does not stand up to criticism.

The volume of global arms sales in 2015-2019 increased by 5.5% compared to the previous five-year period, the most noticeable growth was shown by the United States, as evidenced by the annual report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). According to SIPRI, the United States now accounts for almost 50% of all weapons imported by the Middle East countries. The largest importers of weapons by this Institute are such countries of the Middle East as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar, and Iraq. The volume of arms deliveries to the Middle East increased by almost 20% in 2014-2019.

Among these Middle Eastern importers, the Institute highlights Egypt’s recent growing arms imports,........

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