DAMASCUS – If we were to take the Russian-American agreements as serious diplomatic breakthroughs, then Syria would be a different place by now.
A transitional government, a new constitution, an â€œindependent, unified, secularâ€ state would have transpired from Geneva I, or Geneva II, or the Vienna peace plans, and not the fragmented, war-torn, living hell unfolding in Syrian cities.
Ceasefire is Dead
Did you Know?
Bombing is a business, and business is booming, Worldwide, the defense trade reached a record high of US$65 billion in 2015
The permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, also known as the Permanent Five, Big Five, or P5, include the following five governments: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
If war is a nasty business, itâ€™s also a lucrative one. New figures released by the State Department show that the United States has sold $33 billion worth of weapons to its Gulf allies since May of last year, with more deals in the works as the business of bombing the Islamic State continues to boom. Read more..
Moscow’s arms exports hit a record $14.5bn in 2015 with orders surging to $56bn, according to President Putin. The Syrian war has helped Moscow boost its status as a major arms producer and exporter, already the world’s second-largest after the United States. Read more..
China has almost doubled its weapons exports in the past five years, a military think tank said Monday, as the worldâ€™s third-largest weapons exporter pours capital into developing an advanced arms manufacturing industry. Read More..
The UK is one of the worldâ€™s most successful defense exporters, averaging second place in the global rankings on a rolling ten-year basis, making it Europeâ€™s leading defense exporter.. Read more
France has doubled its backlog of orders from $36 billion in 2014 to $55 billion, meaning that $55 billion worth of defense equipment has yet to be exported. This increase means that France will overtake Russia as the second-largest global defense equipment exporter. Read more..