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Money drenched in blood: Pope scolds Congress for US made weapons sold around the world

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It is amazing hypocrisy that US media owners often get on high horse judging Africans' "blood diamonds" but I have never heard a peep in our media about tens if not hundreds of billion dollars of " 'Money drenched in blood" being made by US companies and their investors?

Why it took a foreign leader to point out massive blood drenched sore right under our noses?

Blood drenched money making has spiked under the "Nobel Peace Prize" winner.

Pope Francis Scolds Congress for Gun and Weapons Sales

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

by AWR Hawkins24 Sep 201528
On September 24, Pope Francis scolded Congress for guns and weapons which are manufactured in America and sold around the world.

He said he was determined “to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world,” as he addressed the billion-dollar sales from American companies that he sees as a contributing factor to conflicts abroad.

According to The Intercept, Pope Francis said:
Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.
U.S. manufacturers make tens of billions cumulatively—The Intercept cites a figure of $23.7 billion in 2014 alone—from guns and weapons that are sold “to nearly 100 different countries.” The sales “have surged to record levels” under Obama, due in part to taxpayer subsidized sales to Israel and Egypt and “huge shipments to Gulf States, particularly Saudi Arabia.” And Saudi Arabia has subsequently been criticized for using “cluster bombs and other munitions… to hit densely populated areas, schools, and even a camp for displaced people in Yemen.” These are some of the things that appear to be behind Pope Francis’s statements on this issue.

In addition to spending much, much more on its own military -- both in raw numbers and on a per capita basis -- than any nation in the world, the United States remains one of the world's leading arms exporters, shipping some $8.2 billion in high-tech lethal weaponry to our cash-paying friends around the globe. Wherever cluster bombs are dropped or tear gas lobbed at pro-democracy protesters in the world, there's an excellent chance that a U.S. company profited on the transaction.

This is the kind of thing that used to be an issue. Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement, was a staunch pacifist who vehemently opposed the use and spread of nuclear weapons, which inspired the now largely forgotten Catholic peace movement that flourished in the Vietnam War era. By then, that wild-eyed radical -- President Dwight Eisenhower -- had also tried to warn America about the perils of the military-industrial complex. Today, America's runaway military budget and its billion-dollar arms deals rarely raise a peep. Like Michael Corleone said, "Don't ask me about my business, Kay."

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