The Gulf Arab region has become a paradise for Western arms manufacturers
Gulf Arab states are going on a shopping spree for the purchase of sophisticated Western weaponry at an estimated cost of $60 billion.
A recent report in The New York Times, of which The Daily Telegraph had published another version two months earlier, said the lethal weapons order would include Apache attack helicopters, cruise missiles, Typhoon fighters and tanks, in addition to other war accessories.
, which already has US-installed and operated Patriot anti- missile batteries, will reportedly spend $50 billion, representing the lion's share of the military package. Saudi Arabia
The UAE has earmarked almost $8 billion to buy fighter aircraft, missiles and other military materiel.
Other states vying for modern armament are
Kuwaitand . And money is no problem. Oman
The oil revenues of Middle Eastern producing countries in 2006 is estimated at more than $400 billion, based on an average price of $57 per barrel.
Suddenly, the Gulf Arab region has become a vendor's paradise for Western arms manufacturers. An arms race is accelerating in the region, with incalculable consequences.
The question is: for what purpose?