The U.S. must stop arming dictators and human rights abusers

The U.S. has a very long history of arming dictators and human rights abusers.

This was already going on long before the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran’s democracy and installed the extremely brutal Shah of Iran in 1953.  The U.S. armed that brutal dictator throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  After the Shah’s demise, the U.S. armed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein so he could fight his war against Iran.  Then the U.S. violently overthrew him and armed many sides in the chaos that arose directly because of the U.S.’s war there.  In recent years the U.S. has armed MANY different factions fighting in Syria, including some that were fighting each other.

The U.S. has armed dictators and human rights abusers in many countries.  It is no excuse to claim that those dictators and human rights abusers are “anti-communist” or support U.S. foreign policy.  This is a BI-PARTISAN problem, regardless of which party is in the White House or in Congress.

Military weapons manufacturers have made ENORMOUS PROFITS from the bi-partisan wars and the arming of dictators for many decades.

Joe Biden is continuing this disgraceful practice now.  He stuffed his cabinet and foreign policy roles with appointees who are notorious war-hawks, including his Secretary of Defense, who — instead of providing civilian oversight, as should be occurring — is a recently retired 4-star general who has been serving on the Board of Directors of Raytheon, one of the U.S.’s biggest manufacturers of military weapons.


So it’s no surprise to see these two action alerts:


#1:  Starting in early August 2021 we can click an online link to tell Congress to STOP ARMING the world’s worst abusers of human rights!  Pass the” Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act.” The U.S. is continuing to arm some of the world’s very worst abusers of human rights!  I signed this petition to Congress and hope you will sign too so we can convince Congress to pass the “Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act.”  Here is the link:


#2:  Also on August 13, 2021, another smart progressive advocacy organization issued this action alert:  The U.S. government, according to its own reporting, accounts for 66% of all the weapons exported to the least democratic quintile of nations on earth. Of the 50 most oppressive governments identified by a U.S.-government-funded study, the U.S. arms 82% of them.  The Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act (H.R.4718) would prevent U.S. weapons sales to other nations that are in violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.  Click here to email your Representative and Senators.










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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093