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  •  Perhaps but, again, Britain didn't sell the (7+ / 0-)

    chemicals to Syria. Your diary title is misleading, to say the least.

    Britain would have to have issued an embargo in order to deny export licenses for commercial use. In other words, if the goods were being sold to a Colgate plant in Syria, there would be no reason to deny the export license.

    For the record, I adamantly oppose economic sanctions against other nations except for extreme cases. That would have had to happen in order for Britain to prevent trading between the nations.

    At this point we don't know what the chemicals were used for, and the possibilities are endless since there are so many uses for said chemicals. We don't know which companies exported the chemicals, and we don't know to whom they sold them.

    So I'm just trying to bring some clarity and reality to this diary before people get carried away.

    That is a very important distinction to make before people start believing that Britain sold chemicals to Syria. From the facts that are available, that did NOT happen.

     

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:11:31 PM PDT

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    •  We don't know what they were used for, as I noted (1+ / 0-)
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      But pretending like British companies exporting chemicals to Syria is not Britain seling chemicals to Syria is absurd. Unless you're arguing that these are all multinational coprorations now so they aren't really British. But Britain maintains some level of control over it's corporations, more than the US at least. Saying that it was just British corporations doesn't realy fly with me. TEchnically all arms sales from the US are just US corporations.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:24:44 PM PDT

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      •  You do realize that every nation on this planet (2+ / 0-)
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        has different trade laws, right?

        We don't even know if the companies who exported the chemicals are British based! It could be a US corporation with a plant in Britain that exported these.

        That's the thing about multi-national corporations. The companies that exported the product could be American companies. How are you not getting this?

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:33:02 PM PDT

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        •  They are sold from Britain (2+ / 0-)
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          and the sales were okayed by Britain. That makes them British sales as far as I'm concerned.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:40:54 PM PDT

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          •  Then show that and make THAT your title (0+ / 0-)

            It's really not a lot to ask for some simple precision in your wording.

          •  I don't know much about horticulture (0+ / 0-)

            A perennial and annual are both flowers, so they're both the same as far as I'm concerned.

            And I don't know much about the universe, so the sun and the moon are both the same as far as I'm concerned.

            I don't know a lot about brass instruments, so the trumpet and tuba are both the same as far as I'm concerned.

            And I don't know a lot about textiles, so silk and cotton are the same as far as I'm concerned.

            What you don't know about a topic does not make you an expert on it, as far as I'm concerned.

            P.S. I am not a crackpot.

            by BoiseBlue on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:52:32 PM PDT

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            •  back in my previous life as a freelance writer (1+ / 0-)
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              I did quite a bit of research into chemical weapons and did a number of magazine articles, both in regards to the binary nerve gas debate during the Reagan years, and to the proliferation of chemical weapons to places like Syria, Iraq, Thailand, and Taiwan. I had some sources in the Pentagon, and also in anti-proliferation groups like SIPRI. (I kicked around the idea of doing a book on the topic, and wrote up most of a manuscript, but never finished it.)

              So it's a topic I know a few things about.  :)

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