Flying the Flag: Arming the World

Flying the Flag: Arming the World

1994, Military and War  -   15 Comments
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Flying the Flag - Arming the WorldBritain is still a world leader. Indeed it has twenty percent of a world market, second only to the United States. And this industry is considered so important by the government that it consumes almost half of all research and development funds. Strangely it produces not consumer goods that people want, but machines that hardly any of us use or want to use. Moreover, for all its' preeminence, its' future is uncertain and depends to a large degree on secret deals with some of the most corrupt and brutal regimes on Earth. One of the biggest manufacturing industries in Britain at the close of the century is ARMS.

John Pilger and David Munro look behind the political rhetoric and discover the world of international arms dealing. Won a Bronze Apple in the category of 'Domestic and International Concerns', National Educational Film & Video Festival, Oakland, California, 1995; Certificate of Honourable Mention in the 'International Relations' category, The Chris Awards (Columbus International Film Festival), Worthington, Ohio, 1995.

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PieManVik
PieManVik
8 years ago

I do hope one day they manage to invent a weapon that directly kills it`s user when he proceeds on .. using it and nobody ever notices it. It would be the greatest invention that was ever made.

John Doherty
John Doherty
9 years ago

1994. Really "Top Documentary" ought to show an advisory at the start of these "dated" documentaries. Doubtless they are an excellent source of historical fact, if I may be so bold, but should not be viewed as the current state of affairs. Nevertheless an excellent expose.

ChefBryn
ChefBryn
10 years ago

war makes money.

Christ versus Bible
Christ versus Bible
11 years ago

The British Establishment has relied on one form of military force or another for centuries, whether as private militia or as a national army, to protect its interests which has little to do with the larger question as to whether or not the public interest is being served also. The fact that a massive military enterprise exists, encouraged by rabid nationalism, is in itself not an argument that public interest is being served. Paradoxically the presence of a national army protects the interests of a minority of stockholders who own between them the real estate of a nation's economic power but fails totally to protect the majority of those who possess little by comparison from being robbed and murdered by wars often created by a rich noblesse, the elitist body politic of the military industrial complex, who operate clandestinely within Government beyond the reach of Parliamentary supervision behind the mask of the OSA. (Read the history of the Rothschilds for an insight into how this complex worls) The arms industry is run by dark souls, a criminal fraternity of the merchant and banking class servile to the ancien regime of royals, lords, barons, earls, counts and clackerwacks, who should all be deported to an island where they can fight each with their goddam WOMD until they wipe each other out.

Ambricourt
Ambricourt
13 years ago

Through inventions causing mass destruction with minimal risk to the destroyer, the twentieth century was the most murderous in history. But world population at the end of the twentieth century was higher than at the beginning. Zalobar makes an excellent point.

But a new element has entered into weaponry - biological and chemical malformation. Wars in Vietnam and Iraq have employed chemical agents that affect human genes.

One consequence is that grandchildren of the Vietnamese warriors who battled US-led forces are being born with deformities and disabilities. Their parents born after the war seem to have escaped biological mutations.

But in Iraq today the children of civilians exposed to foreign-made missiles and bombs are being born with deformities.

Have weapons been designed so that some cause immediate next-generation mutations and others delay genetic deformation until a later generation...

Until now no species on our planet has had to deal with this consequence of weaponry and war - not even Californian ground-hogs.

Zalobar
Zalobar
13 years ago

There was a study on a large Cattle Ranch. The cowboys were shooting burrowing ground hogs on site to protect the cattle from stepping in the holes and breaking their legs. The ground hog populations kept rising. The study of their habits revealed there is only 1 matting pair (alfa pair) in a colony when they are left alone. Start shooting them and they ALL start breeding. The students wanted to have a local colony to study so they fed them but in the trees where there would be no danger to the cattle. Many colonies joined together where the food was yet had only 1 matting pair for all the colonies that joined to form 1 larger colony where the food was. The size of that colony reduced itself in population and territory to reflect the amounts and frequincy of food provided. More food more often = smaller colonies on less land. Reduced food,= more populations on more land.
Where birth rate survivals are low or survival is threatened the populations grow. Where birth rates survival is high and standard of living is higher and more secure. Populations growth rates decline. Mother Nature?
It only makes sense then to help elevate the standard of living for everyone to control population growth rates.
Wars, genocide and poverty gives the opposite outcome.

Isee
Isee
13 years ago

Obviously a cut-throat,brutal,evil industry.
No wonder they create war's, only to benifit from them.

Ambricourt
Ambricourt
14 years ago

That small privileged groups of politicians, administrators innovative scientists and assembly-line workers should dedicate so much intelligence and imagination to devising more efficient means of mass killing is one of the greatest mysteries of human behavior. John Pilger shows how routine the behavior is and how mendacious are the justifications.

Although dated, this 1994 documentary points accurately to our future. By effective public-relations rhetoric, the "poisonous snakes" have become "terrorists"; the Saudis and Indonesians have remained loyal purchasers of armaments; Saddam, having spent Iraq's oil profits in the UK and USA, has been disposed of; and in 2009 Britain's Bae weapons manufacturers sold more arms than Boeing or Lockheed.

Hardy
Hardy
14 years ago

A great doc. A good insight on the weapons-industry.

War is just such a ridiculous concept if you really think about it. This world could be such a great place, and weapon-productions wont get us even an inch closer to that. I liked the point made about what Britain could pay if they used the money for the military for other things.

I hope future generations will look at our status quo as being the past, not the present.

Hardy
Hardy
14 years ago

They NEVER do. It's just the way it's done in the west.

This sounds interesting... Hopefully I'll get to watching this.

df
df
14 years ago

It's funny they don't mention the Israeli atrocities the Army does with US arms?