But whether there is conflict or peace in the world,the selling of arms continues.
Ethical dilemmas of arms exporting are not new.
Perhaps these two quotes from G.B. Shaw's play Major Barbara encapsulate the issues.
"When you vote, you only change the names of the cabinet. When you shoot, you pull down governments, inaugurate new epochs, abolish old orders and set up new.”
“You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.”
|Guards Crimea Memorial in Wellington Place.|
of Pall Mall, London
Italian Culture minister Mr Franceschini urged the Armalite company to withdraw its "Work of Art" advertisement for the AR-50A1.
He said in a tweet reported by the Guardian this week:
"The image of David, armed*, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign."
The Machine Gun Corps memorial at London's Hyde Park Corner of 1925, is a nude statue of a young David by Francis Derwent Wood.
|The Plinth on the memorial quotes from Bible of the news |
of David's Victory 1 Samuel 18:7
|ICA catalogue of its exhibition|
in Sept 2013
Of course the sales of the Armalite AR-50A1 have not matched those of the Kalashnikov AK-47 which in September 2013 had a reverse treatment at the ICA where Artists used the iconic beautiful and deadly weapon as a theme for an exhibition.
* Whether the Biblical Shepherd boy David would have either endorsed the AR-50A1 weapon or had the money to stump up the $3,000 seems unlikely.