"Relaxation of restrictions and laws to inhibit the sale of drones and other weapons on an international scale is clearly a result of pressure from the US military industrial complex to increase their profits and to outcompete other countries," Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization that was the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said.
On Thursday, the White House relaxed weapons export protocols to allow US defense contractors to more easily sell unmanned aerial vehicles to foreign clients. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow said on Thursday the changes were made to ensure that US industry faced fewer barriers and less confusion in competing against other countries and marketing and selling those similar systems to US allies.
The manufacturers and sellers of the weapons, as well as the shareholders in the companies that made them, paid no attention to the death and suffering they inflicted on endless numbers of people, Caldicott noted.
"The pathological thinking inhabiting military minds is exemplified by the very names chosen for US drones — Reaper and Predator — predating on human lives and reaping them in the battlefield," she said.
Over the past half century, international arms sales had even supplanted oil as the world’s most important and dominant trading commodity shaping power and influence, Caldicott explained.
"Ever since the oil crisis of 1971 the international currency of oil was replaced weapons, and this situation has escalated to such a point that easy access to weapons has metastasized on a scale never seen before," she said.
"Randomized killing and murder is now ubiquitous in many countries throughout the world, while millions of children are malnourished and starving. The billions of dollars spent in killing should and must be re-appropriated to saving lives and not to death," she said.
Caldicott is the author of many books, including "The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military Industrial Complex" and "War in Heaven:" The Arms Race in Outer Space."
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