United Nations passes arms treaty: UN General Assembly passed the international “Arms Trade Treaty” (ATT) Tue 02 April 2013 in a landslide vote 154 to 3 to approve the with 23 abstentions.
ATT is the first-ever treaty allegedly aimed at “regulating and controlling” the global trade in overt large-calibre and conventional weapons, which include tanks, armoured combat vehicles, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and launchers, machine guns, small arms and light weapons worth over US $70 billion annually.
US engineered hoop holes in the ATT still allow major powers to feed arms into terrorism and inorganic insurgencies. Why would Syria, North Korea and Iran or any other targeted nation sign a treaty that restricts its own sovereign ability to trade while giving teeth to internal enemies trained and funded by foreign intelligence agencies.
US-based National Rifle Association (NRA), criticised the treaty, and threatened to block ratification in the US Senate. More than 50 US senators have already signaled they would oppose the ratification of ATT — more than enough to defeat it, since 67 senators must ratify it.
NRA members say ATT contains “unnecessarily harsh treatment of civilian-owned small arms” and violated the right to self-defense and US sovereignty.
The USA would never ever subjugate itself to any foreign governments, courts or the UN. There are too many in the US Congress who owe allegiance to the armaments industry and not to the best interests of the USA.
NRA members say the ATT is contrary to the American 2nd Amendment but the 4th and 5th Amendments of The Bill of Rights as well. As a result, the US reserves its right to fund and arm terrorists, impose and sustain oppressive regimes around the world.
The US Congress may not ratify ATT but it will impose it on all other UN members, except Israel. Is that really why US president Barack Obama and his Administration played an important leadership role to ensure the adoption of the ATT?
There are significant loopholes in the ill defined ATT. The human rights criteria is ill defined and would be abused the US to create undue political pressure to blackmail, disarm, bomb, invade and occupy countries opposed to the US global domination.
The treaty would not penalise the American war criminals who will unilaterally continue to deploy inconsistent and politically manipulated criteria to determining who is the terrorist and what is terrorism to oppress Muslim countries. The treaty should have banned arm sales to all US funded terrorists.
The treaty would not curb the arms sales that have fuelled many conflicts and terrorism sponsored, funded, armed and protected by the US. The treaty would not reduce US arms transfers as gifts, loans, leases and aid, proving the UN remains an important tool only for the US.
The treaty will not ban massive arms sales to fascist governments like oppressive Israel and US imposed and sustained regimes around the world. The US will object to those who arm Israel's oppressed opponents, even as US continues to provide the Israelis with the means to oppress Palestinians.
In 2012, the US concluded the largest arms deal in history – US $60 billion – to Saudi Arabia, the nation with the most human rights abuses, the nation from whom the 9/11 hijackers came, a nation which supports terrorists and disenfranchises over half its population.
The ultimate aim of the treaty is to disarm countries opposed to the US hedgmoney. It is most unlikely to be enforced against the US, the biggest arms exporter in the world, and against US funded and armed terrorism around the world.
The treaty would allegedly bring more transparency to global US arms sales and allegedly require states selling weapons to vet countries for human-rights abuses, terrorism, and organized crime.
Anna MacDonald, the head of arms control for Oxfam International, one of the many rights groups that pushed for the treaty since 1991 US war against Iraq, claimed the ATT “will help to reduce armed violence. It will help to reduce conflict,” but she repeated failed to criticise US arms trade and US funded terrorism around the world.
“It will help reduce the risk that international transfers of conventional arms will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes, including terrorism, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” US secretary of state John Kerry claimed.
This is travesty plain and simple. It is yet another example of US-EU hypocrisy. The US will continue to find justifications and pretexts for arming oppressive regimes and funding terrorists.
The US will continue manufacture pretexts to disarm countries who oppose hegemonic US dictatorship that violates human rights abroad… http://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/ArmsTrade/?google_spsyed