Cameron defends arms sales
He missed a major point: as in the case of the USA, arms sales is one of the few exports for the USA and Great Britain that add to the plus side of the economic ledger. Of course small nations cannot produce weapons systems at an affordable price and we cannot produce them either without their oil.
“David Cameron hits out at critics of Britain's arms trade
Prime minister says expecting small countries such as Kuwait to manufacture all their defence weapons is at odds with reality
David Cameron and former British prime minister Sir John Major meet with Kuwaiti prime minister, Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA
Speaking in Kuwait, which is marking the 20th anniversary of the expulsion of Saddam Hussein's forces, Cameron said: "The idea that we should expect small and democratic countries like Kuwait to be able to manufacture all their means of defence seems to me completely at odds with reality."
The prime minister indicated irritation with his critics when was asked during a press conference with his Kuwaiti counterpart how he could promote democracy and reform in the Middle East while travelling with businessmen selling arms to the region.Cameron said: "I simply don't understand how you can't understand how democracies have a right to defend themselves. I would have thought this argument is particularly powerful right here in Kuwait which, 20 years ago, was invaded by a thuggish bullying neighbour who disrespected your sovereignty, invaded your country and destroyed parts of your capital city.
He added: "Are we honestly saying that for all time, forever and a day, that countries like Kuwait have to manufacture and maintain every single part of their own defences? I think very few people considering that argument for any time would give it any consideration at all."”