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Arms Buildup in the Middle East

Issue: 1981, Volume 14, Issue 4
Subject: Military|War/Conflict
Author: Orfalea, Greg
Issue Description: The United States in 1980 sold $15.3 billion worth of military equipment abroad, of which 53 percent or $8.1 billion went to the Middle East. Should we be concerned? The distinguished diplomat George Kennan gave his answer recently when he compared us to lemmings racing to the sea. Col. Yoram Hamuzrahi, Chief Officer of the Israeli Defense Forces, gave his answer when he told a group of visiting Americans, “We will not concede an inch to the Arabs, even if it means atomic flames in New York.”Greg Orfalea, editor of the National Association of Arab Americans’political action report, explains why we should be concerned.
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