Heckler & Koch: No Guns For Israel
Kevin Felts 09.12.17
The people at Heckler & Koch decided the company will no longer sell firearms to nations who meet three criteria.
Those criteria are:
- Nations are in a warzone.
- “Violate corruption and democracy standards” as defined by the Democracy Index.
- Must be a member of Nato or “Nato-equivalent”.
Some of the nations listed are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and last but not least, Israel.
If we look at the list, Turkey is a member of NATO, but will no longer be sold H&K firearms.
From The Guardian – Germany’s ‘deadliest company’ pledges to stop selling guns to crisis regions.
Heckler & Koch, the German weapons manufacturer whose guns are estimated to have killed more than 2 million people since the company was founded in 1949, has quietly adopted the most ethical sales policy of any gunmaker in the world.
The company has pledged no longer to sell arms into warzones or to countries that violate corruption and democracy standards, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, or any African countries.
The United States has been in a conflict with Iraq on and off since 1990, does that mean H&K will stop selling to the U.S.?
The Democracy Index lists the United States as a Democracy, when we are constitutionally limited Republic. So, will H&K stop selling to the United States because we are not a Democracy?
Just about every superpower in the world will have some kind of conflict at some point in time. Isn’t the purpose of NATO and the United Nations to assist other nations and to maintain world peace? Maintaining peace sometimes means entering into a conflict.
Is it Israels fault they are attacked by terrorist? For some reason H&K is going to stop selling arms to Israel for something that is not their fault.
While a lot of people may not care about H&K not selling to Israel, a lot of people do care. I wonder if H&K thought this move out before hand, or was it a politically correct spur of the moment decision?