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Sweden’s ams industry: a contradiction?

Published torsdag 19 juli 2007 kl 15.48
Lucrative export: Two Swedish Gripen fighter aircraft over Cape Town, South Africa

Sweden, a country that prides itself on its neutrality and avoidance of war for the past 200 years, also has a lucrative arms industry. But few subjects kindle so much burning controversy in Sweden as arms exports.

Sweden’s peace doves insist that the sales of weapons used to kill human being abroad damages Sweden’s attemps to act as a peace mediator.

The hawks argue that even a small non-aligned nation like Sweden has to have a strong defense industry which in turn requires lucrative  foreign sales. And that others would grab the deals if Sweden abstains.

Bill Schiller reports on a recent skirmish on the verbal battlefield:

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