Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The dogs of war don't negotiate

It turns out that Golem 2 is classified as Significant Military Equipment under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Among other things, it cannot be exported to Burma, Belarus, the People's Republic of China, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam, Yemen, or Zimbabwe. It could possibly be exported to Afghanistan, but only for use by the rightful Government of Afghanistan.


At 6:32 AM, August 24, 2006, Blogger Jordan said...

Hmmm ... Haiti seems rather tame to be on such a list, and I don't see how Belarus is any worse than Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan. And why isn't Hugo Chavez on the list?

Heck, this is the U.S. military, and they're being far too reasonable. The list should be far more arbitrary and rule out travelling through various counties, townships, and going on bridges over rivers with the letter "q" in their name.

At 10:57 AM, August 24, 2006, Blogger Richard Mason said...

I guess these export rules technically fall under the purview of the State Department, not the Defense Department.

DARPA was mostly just advising us as a courtesy so we could avoid massive fines, etc.


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