"I'm not a fool. Just because they needed me that day didn't mean they wouldn't make me a scapegoat the next."
Those lines from Nicholas Cage at the end of 'Lord of War' may sum up the life of Viktor Bout who is alleged to be the inspiration for the movie.
Bout is now in U.S. custody and the media and the paparazzi have a target, a 'terrorist' star' who is also useful to spin up some old time cold war rifts in U.S. and Russian relations. As Daniel Estulin says, Bout is just a pawn, endgame - to get at Russia. There's even a website dedicated to debunking the Bout 'official story.'
Among the allegations thrown at Bout are that he plays all sides.
Suspected clients included Liberia’s Charles Taylor and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the French government, U.N. and U.S. has also allegedly used some of his planes.Well, that's what the arms trade does. Bankers love it, the manufactures love it. War relies on the creation of two or more sides heavily armed. Genocide may only need one side armed but there's still profit to made in it. As long as it suits the purposes of those in power who don't care how many people die, especially those of color or ethnicity, traffickers are used as both 'necessary evils' and scapegoats when the need arises.
But even if Bout has done all he is accused of and more, it's still small time. The real money is in state sanctioned 'legal' weapons of war where the U.S. is number one by far. Combat planes are the big seller. It makes the trade in AK47's and small missiles peanuts in comparison. The only comparable money maker is drugs and with the CIA having a hand in much of that trade in Afghanistan, Columbia and elsewhere, it's only logical that arms, dope and war will walk hand in hand. It makes the bankers smile.
The U.S. not only sells all the big ticket items of war it can, it also gives them away. 20 F-35's worth maybe $3 billion to be given to Israel in exchange for agreeing to a 90 day settlement construction freeze? All paid for through extortion of the American taxpayer via a controlled and corrupt government. Bribery and blackmail does you somewhere.
Thinking about all this makes me yearn for a little diversion. I know where I can get my hands on a copy of 'Lord of War' and watch it again. It's a great movie and I don't say that very often.