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August 12, 2003

MORE TALK OF EXPLOITATION, but hypocritical as usual:

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Weapon sales by rich countries were responsible for the proliferation of wars, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. . . . Mahathir, a fierce critic of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, accused "high pressure arms salesmen" of forcing poor nations to buy weapons.

Well, gee, those guys must be good, because in the same story we learn:

Although no specific data was immediately available, Malaysia has boosted defense spending in recent years, allotting billions of dollars on new U.S. and Russian jet fighters, submarines and Polish tanks among others.

Last Tuesday Malaysia signed a $900 million deal to buy 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKs from Russia.

Those damned smooth-talking Russians, with their vodka and promises!