Let’s get this straight…Swedish authorities want Wikileaks’s Julian Assange in Sweden to question him about sexual relations he had with two women…to question him about events which occurred behind closed doors - about which no proof of wrong doing can be derived: it’s his word against theirs…no one else I don’t imagine was in the respective bedrooms at times of engagement…
How can the Swedish realistically believe that they’ll get a conviction? By beating a confession out of Assange behind closed doors?
Now, most of you probably have a rather pleasant concept of Sweden, what with its pretty blonde women, safe cars, healthy lifestyle, Nobel peace prize and all…few know that it’s one of the world’s biggest weapons exporters – first or second per capita, and that shipments of same to the United States and Britain have doubled since 2000.
Swedish weapons were used by both sides in the Iraq war, according to classified U.S. files released by: WikiLeaks. Amongst weaponry referred to in the WikiLeaks files are Carl Gustav recoilless anti-tank rifles, a variety of different types of Swedish ammunition and even some old Swedish sub-machine guns. With about 200 mentions, Saab’s world-renowned AT4 light anti-tank weapon featured most prominently….
Do you think Sweden likes the world knowing about this?
How about American citizens knowing this:
The world’s 100 largest arms dealers, excluding Chinese vendors, sold weapons for $401 billion in 2009, with US vendors remaining in first place, according to a report published earlier this month.
"Despite the continuing global economic recession in 2009, the total arms sales of … 100 of the world’s largest arms-producing companies increased by $14.8 billion from 2008," says the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
That amounts to a year-over-year increase of eight percent, and "an increase of a total of 59 percent in real terms since 2002", the think tank said, pointing out that 61.5 percent of all 2009 arms sales made by the top 100 arms dealers could be attributed to 45 companies based in the United States.
War is shockingly profitable for England, the United States and Sweden. The more Wikileaks stories that get out describing the terrible human toll produced by weapons made in these countries, the less likely the public will be to put up with it.
Hardly surprising that Assange feels a mite squeamish about having to set foot back in Sweden.