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Obstacle to world peace, The global arms trade

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A brief look at the current affairs and politics will tell you that us war is ever present in the world. The reason for this constant violence is the treatment of war as a business and an economic opportunity by countries and leaders in power. The interconnectedness of war, politics and commerce in recent history can be attributed to concepts and ideas such the military-industrial complex.  The arms industry is a global business which manufactures weapons and military technology and equipment. It is estimated that yearly, over 1.5 trillion dollars are spent on military expenditures worldwide. With such a large and profitable market, it is no surprise that several countries aim to be leading arms exporters. The military-industrial complex in its current state stands in the way of peace and prosperity in the world. Governments clearly look to spend a significant amount of their budget on military expenditures rather than diplomacy and other non-violent solutions to conflict. This strengthens the violent and tense climate in global politics. The business of war shows little regard for life, freedom and peace. Large conferences are held, such as the Sofex conference in Jordan, which allows corporations to showcase and sell their military products to leaders and generals from all around of the world. Albeit difficult, terrorists can also get their hands on these leading technological weapons and arms through opportunities such as these. I believe that as a society we now understand the dire need for tolerance, understanding and peace in the world today. However, obstacles such as the global arms trade are halting our progress and maybe even pushing us back on our path to peace. I ask you to sign this petition to raise awareness on this glaring global issue to tighten regulations on the sale of arms globally and end this casual attitude towards weapons of mass destruction that is fueled by greed. We must make war less profitable so people are no longer disillusioned by the prospect  of war and the economic benefits.

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