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Greens: 'ban military arms exports'

TT/The Local/kh · 22 May 2011, 12:27

Published: 22 May 2011 12:27 GMT+02:00

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During its party conference in Karlstad this weekend, the Green Party's Congress decided to rally for a ban on all sales of arms for military purposes.

The leadership also decided that the party would continue to stand firm in its position that Sweden stop involvement in all non-UN-led missions.

With newly elected spokespersons Gustav Fridolin and Åsa Romson in place, the Green Party council pushed through a series of other decisions.

In addition to restrictions on the export of arms, the Congress voted to work toward the ban of smoking in public places, including outside entrances, as well as prohibit farm sales of alcohol.

The Green Party also elected to launch an ‘urgent investigation’ into the pharmaceutical and patient safety given the deregulation of the pharmacy market.

Furthermore, the party wants to require that all pharmacies provide information about one another’s access to drugs regardless of the owners.

The congress voted to introduce a needle exchange law in all counties and aims to give greater attention to alternative medicine research.

Motions seeking the party break its agreement with the government’s Afghanistan Operation were rejected.

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However, the Congress did adopt the stipulation that the environment party will only support a future Afghanistan bill if military appropriations decrease sharply.

In addition to electing their new spokespersons, the Green Congress has appointed a new National Council, composed of nine women and six men aged between 67 and 28 years.

TT/The Local/kh (news@thelocal.se)

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13:50 May 22, 2011 by neoz717
Yeh ban it, and then raise taxes to 99.9 % to cope with it =,= ....
14:47 May 22, 2011 by calebian22
How will Sweden pay for the expense of all the new Swedes without the tax revenues from military sales? Typical leftist, a lot mouth and no common sense.
15:56 May 22, 2011 by Avidror
I disagree with the greens. Weaponry sales strengthen Sweden's economy heavily. I'd understand them if they had suggested to regulate in a better manner how to decide what countries deserve to have the opportunity to buy Swedish weapons in terms of human rights records, but cease military industry exports totally in practice... That's pure nonsense based on an utopical ideology.
17:06 May 22, 2011 by IranianBoy
great idea
17:21 May 22, 2011 by here for the summer
I would say this is the stupidest idea ever from the green party but unfortunately they have many.

The good news is the same people support a host of stupid ideas and they are firmly in the minority for now. Wish the Green Party would go back to it's roots of ecological and sustainable society.
17:54 May 22, 2011 by Nemesis
Sweden should try to export more weapons.

More weapon sales to countries outside Europe will mean more jobs in Sweden.

Sweden has significantly high youth unemployment.

Unless the Green party can guarentee jobs for the unemployed in Sweden, they should shut up.
18:06 May 22, 2011 by jackx123
totally agree.

close down the swedish arms export and thus industry and while they are at it shut down any industry or other pollutant. ban car from the roads and the the green forkers take the pushbike in -20 degrees between stockholm and gothenburg
18:55 May 22, 2011 by Abbot
It seems the Greens are fools everywhere. Here in Estonia, they had such bone-headed ideas before our March parliamentary elections that they fell below the minimum threshhold of votes to have a presence in the chamber. I hope the same happens in Sweden.
19:01 May 22, 2011 by parshiwal724
not only swedes, its the strategy of most of the EU and definately USA as well, let poor countries be at war or fear of it and sell them weapons... pak/ind is a classic example.. a region with so much potential for economic growth and development, just barred by wars... and they both buy arms worth billions USD
19:14 May 22, 2011 by wenddiver
Just don't sell the Mmonkeys the good stuff. Look at Rawanda, happy to kill each other with machetes and pointy sticks. You didn't see the secret Osama Bin Laden helecopter in the US arms export Catalog, right? Do the same, never sell anything truely dangerouse to the West, but by all means give them what they want.
19:39 May 22, 2011 by vagosfilms
It is sad to read some of the comments of the readers of this newspaper. As i saw the title of the article i thought: finally, some people have common sense! Swedish people are so proud of their country's great social and environmental advances, which are often indisputable. But how can those people be satisfied by their technological prosperity, covered with a nice ecological label, while at the same time they base their economy on killings? Money from weapons are blood money and no one should want them. Stop making weapons, stop selling them and fight corruption wherever you see it, beginning with yourselves.
20:10 May 22, 2011 by chemist007
@ Avidror

export weapons to import more blood to make this world hell. Once I read in a Swedish newspaper that Sweden is one of the country which is promoting human rights largely.

More weapons mean more blood....just think to make this world a paradise not hell. We all are human being....need to realize this

Make something good to export not weapons.
20:18 May 22, 2011 by play nice
" Wish the Green Party would go back to it's roots of ecological and sustainable society."

here for the summer

The greens have never been about "the environment". They are led by people who think they know better than you about how you should live your life. The greens are all about "control". Sure, there are the simple minded, clueless and the naive rank and file who believe Mother Earth must be saved from the scourge of human existence but they only serve as a distraction while the communists/greens chip away at your freedoms. To them a "sustainable" society is one in which they tell you what to do and you do it, no questions asked.
22:06 May 22, 2011 by rise
Humans have always hated and killed humans. Always been that way, always will be. It's human nature!

Sweden is two-faced; one half with the pretending and shiny "peace-loving" blaha blaha... And the other half counting ten years now in Afghanistan making war, and has the responsibility of an area big as Portugal over there, not to mention the Gripen-planes playing this stupid game in Libya...

Raise a child to this world? Not me. But sure, little girls now can go to school in the "Swedish" area in Afghanistan, which was an impossibility ten years ago, so I guess some good have come of it..
22:56 May 22, 2011 by jackx123
looking at the picture. the uniforms and the projectile ready to be shot are green so i don't really see a problem for the green party.

it should be in their promotional campaign.
00:58 May 23, 2011 by seagull
I agree with this one to a point, I would certainly ban weapons salesto non democratic countries, and while we're at it, ban immigrants from the same, other than true asylum seekers.
06:02 May 23, 2011 by Grokh
No need to ban it, just dont sell it to "idiotic" countries.

sell it to european countries and china , and japan, australia etc.

because they are not gona go killing their own citizens anytime soon, or invade other countries because of religion.

example, sell it to france, meh.

sell it to palestine not such a good idea -_-x
11:46 May 23, 2011 by jomamas
Ridiculous - this is like saying 'we don't want others to be able to have police forces, so we won't sell them guns'.

Force is sometimes necessary in this world.

Solution: make a law banning sales of arms to regimes who use them in an inhumane manner.

Case closed.
17:17 May 23, 2011 by rise
The greens aren't living on earth like you and me but on planet Utopia. They're arrogant and naive in many things and not just in this case. We better take care of our weapon industry cause some day we might need it in the defense of our homes.

And to afford to keep developing new weapons, the industry has to earn money. Simple as that. Cause like I said, humans aren't gonna stop killing humans, and if we would have to defend our soil - better as many invaders as possible dies before I do too.

Now if the greens would've defended themselves or lied down and cry for mama on their planet Utopia is up to them.
20:17 May 23, 2011 by here for the summer

I have been to India many times and both countries by arms from Russia, China and the US and Sweden. Neither the US nor Europe wanted either country to get nukes but they both got them on their own. This hatred is not a US plot. At this point India is doing very well and is a nice place to do business and visit. It is too bad that Pakistan is on such a downward trajectory.
23:30 May 23, 2011 by rise
"At this point India is doing very well and is a nice place to do business and visit."

Yes, nice and hardworking people. And smart too. You see them a lot in the business I am in...
06:31 May 25, 2011 by Da Goat
I would have though the greens would be in favour of decreasing the populations o fthe world maybe they are getting confused again or worried about fluffy animals. the greens around the world are completly clueless idiots most are more red than green anyhow
10:28 May 25, 2011 by voidplay
The Greens are not entirely wrong, from a long term point of view.

Most European countries have short term, short sighted economic goal. Many are cutting down on their military spending because it seems unnecessary, yet have increased weapons manufacture.

Is it in anyway surprising what their target market is? In a global world they are no different from drug dealers, it is not enough to be rich, powerful and talk about world peace froma moral high chair - it is necessary to act responsibly.
14:18 May 27, 2011 by james_g
@ play nice - #13

It's not just the Greens. It seems to me that many (most?) people who go into politics either are, or are led by, control freaks who think (wrongly in many/most cases) that they know better than the rest of us how we should live our lives.
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