With friends like these . .

The recent threat by ISIS to wage war on London makes ISIS, of course our avowed and knowing enemy. It is a declaration of war. But that also makes those who aid and abet, arm, finance, indoctrinate, drug and train those people our enemy, even when those persons are found among our "friends" or our "Very Best People".

Anyone who continues to arm, train, finance and assist that avowed enemy declares himself, by his actions, to be our enemy.

Anyone helping, giving favours or succour to or otherwise assisting those who assist that enemy is also our enemy.

Should those persons be found to be within our own government or "allied" governments, no matter how high their office, then those persons are fifth columnists, traitors and collaborators with an enemy power. They are not our friends.

The following featured article from Amnesty International takes a look at how ISIS came to be bristling with weaponry, much of which was manufactured in the US and, I believe, UK

It becomes obvious that the manufacture and sale of weapons of death and mass destruction is a reckless, wanton and criminal enterprise that makes possible the mass slaughter now being committed. Without the manufacture and sale of arms these wars would become almost impossible.

But who provides the bank loans or funds for weapons to be bought in the first place? Without the bank loans or donations by wealthy backers (in the case if ISIS, the Saudis) such wars would be impossible. Those who provide the funds for weapons that are used against our country are accessories to any crimes committed against our country.

Well, given that this problem is now well known, it should be obvious that henceforth an avowed and knowing enemy of the United Kingdom and its people is anyone who:

  • Sells arms to any foreign country or group.
  • Provides the funds or bank loans for foreign countries or groups to buy arms.

We need an urgent investigation to discover WHO is financing, aiding and abetting such groups and who has shown himself thereby to be an enemy of the UK and/or a collaborator with an enemy of the UK.

It is notable that NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE by the smarmy traitors in our own government to find and bring to justice those who are buying oil on the cheap from ISIS and thus helping to fund that group's terror campaign and its war on the UK.

Perhaps Her Majesty's Government could tell us exactly when it intends to start proceedings to uncover those criminals and bring them to justice.

Continued failure to take effective action will tell us very clearly that those traitors and criminals actually have the ear of our government and that the collaboration with our enemies extends to the highest levels.

Without those financiers, collaborators, arms dealers and profiteers on war, the current ISIS problem would not exist. In fact virtually NO threats to the UK, real or imagined, would exist.

Iraq: ‘Islamic State’ atrocities fueled by decades of reckless arms trading

Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well as lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in Iraq and Syria, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

Drawing on expert analysis of thousands of verified videos and images, Taking Stock: The arming of Islamic State catalogues how IS fighters are using arms, mainly looted from Iraqi military stocks, which were manufactured and designed in more than two dozen countries, including Russia, China the USA and EU states.

“The vast and varied weaponry being used by the armed group calling itself Islamic State is a textbook case of how reckless arms trading fuels atrocities on a massive scale,” said Patrick Wilcken, Researcher on Arms Control, Security Trade and Human Rights at Amnesty International.

The vast and varied weaponry being used by the armed group calling itself Islamic State is a textbook case of how reckless arms trading fuels atrocities on a massive scale.Patrick Wilcken, Researcher on Arms Control, Security Trade and Human Rights at Amnesty International

“Poor regulation and lack of oversight of the immense arms flows into Iraq going back decades have given IS and other armed groups a bonanza of unprecedented access to firepower.”

After taking control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in June 2014, IS fighters acquired a windfall of internationally manufactured arms from Iraqi stockpiles. They included US-manufactured weapons and military vehicles, which they used to take control of other parts of the country, with devastating consequences for the civilian population in those areas.

The vast array of weapon types captured and illicitly acquired have enabled IS to carry out a horrific campaign of abuse. Summary killings, rape, torture, abduction and hostage-taking – often carried out at gunpoint – have forced hundreds of thousands to flee and become internally displaced persons (IDPs) or refugees.

Dizzying array of arms

The range and scope of IS’s arsenal reflects decades of irresponsible arms transfers to Iraq. This has been compounded by multiple failures to manage arms imports and to put in place oversight mechanisms to avoid improper end uses during the US-led occupation after 2003. Likewise, lax controls over military stockpiles and endemic corruption by successive Iraqi governments have added to the problem.A Chinese made Kalashnikov and American M4 rifle (the latter captured from ISIS militants) lean against a wall in a building occupied by Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters in Al-Yarubiyah, Syria. © Matt Cetti-Roberts

The report documents IS use of arms and ammunition from at least 25 different countries, though a large proportion were originally sourced by the Iraqi military from the USA, Russia and former Soviet bloc states. These arms flows were funded variously by oil barter arrangements, Pentagon contracts and NATO donations. The bulk have been seized from or leaked out of Iraqi military stocks.

Among the advanced weaponry in the IS arsenal are man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), guided anti-tank missiles and armoured fighting vehicles, as well as assault rifles like the Russian AK series and the US M16 and Bushmaster.

Most of the conventional weapons being used by IS fighters date from the 1970s to the 1990s, including pistols, handguns and other small arms, machine guns, anti-tank weapons, mortars and artillery. Soviet Union-era Kalashnikov-style rifles are commonplace, mainly from Russian and Chinese manufacturers.

“This shows again that arms export risk assessments and mitigation measures to unstable regions require a long term, root-and-branch analysis. This must include assessing if military and security units are capable of effectively controlling stockpiles and abide by international human rights and humanitarian standards,” said Patrick Wilcken.

IS fighters and other armed groups have also resorted to forging their own improvised weaponry in crude workshops. Examples include mortars and rockets, improvised hand grenades, explosive devices (IEDs) including car bombs and booby-traps, and even repurposed cluster munitions, an internationally banned weapon. In some instances IEDs constitute landmines prohibited by the global Mine Ban Treaty.
Supply chains

Taking Stock covers Iraq’s lengthy history of arms proliferation and the complex supply chains that most likely brought some of the more recent weapons into IS hands.

The Iraqi army’s stockpile swelled in the late 1970s and early 1980s, especially around the Iran-Iraq war. This was a seminal moment in the development of the modern global arms market, when at least 34 different countries supplied Iraq with weapons – 28 of those same states were also simultaneously supplying arms to Iran.

Meanwhile Iraq’s then-President Saddam Hussein oversaw the development of a robust national arms industry producing small arms, mortar and artillery shells.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, a UN arms embargo decreased imports until 2003, but during and after the US-led invasion Iraq was again flooded with more weapon imports. Many of these never adequately secured and audited by the US-led coalition forces and the reconstituted Iraqi armed forces. Hundreds of thousands of those weapons went missing and are still unaccounted for.

More recent efforts to rebuild and re-equip the Iraqi army and associated forces have once again resulted in a massive arms flow into Iraq. Between 2011 and 2013, the USA signed billions of dollars’ worth of contracts for 140 M1A1 Abrams tanks, F16 fighter aircraft, 681 Stinger shoulder held units, Hawk anti-aircraft batteries, and other equipment. By 2014, the USA had delivered more than US$500 million worth of small arms and ammunition to the Iraqi government.

Endemic corruption in the Iraqi military, as well as weak controls in place on military stockpiles and tracking weapons, meant there was an ongoing high risk of such weapons being diverted to armed groups including IS.Improvised mortar rounds manufactured by IS forces and captured by Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units during the siege of Kobane (September 2014 - January 2015). © Conflict Armament Research
Preventing arms proliferation

States can learn from the successive failures of the past and take urgent steps to curb future arms proliferation in Iraq, Syria and other unstable countries and regions.

Amnesty International is calling on all states to adopt a complete embargo on Syrian government forces, as well as those armed opposition groups implicated in committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious human rights abuses.

They must also adopt a “presumption of denial” rule on arms exports to Iraq, meaning that transfers could only be carried out after strict risk assessments. Military or police units in Iraq which are singled out for exceptions must first demonstrate that they stringently and consistently respect international human rights and humanitarian law and that they have the necessary control mechanisms in place to ensure weapons will not be diverted to armed groups.

Also, any state considering potential arms transfers to armed forces in Iraq must first invest heavily in pre- and post-delivery controls, training and monitoring that meet international standards for the management and use of such arms.

All states that have not yet done so should accede to or ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty immediately. One of the treaty’s objectives is “to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion”. The treaty also contains provisions which aim to stop arms transfers where there is an overriding risk they could be used for serious international human rights or humanitarian law violations.
The legacy of arms proliferation and abuse in Iraq and the surrounding region has already destroyed the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and poses an ongoing threat. The consequences of reckless arms transfers to Iraq and Syria and their subsequent capture by IS must be a wake-up call to arms exporters around the world.Patrick Wilcken

“The legacy of arms proliferation and abuse in Iraq and the surrounding region has already destroyed the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and poses an ongoing threat. The consequences of reckless arms transfers to Iraq and Syria and their subsequent capture by IS must be a wake-up call to arms exporters around the world,” said Patrick Wilcken.