This is part the whole arms sale debacle that comes back once in a while. So at worst Canada sold light armored vehicles, among some other stuff. I mean, all weapons are evil and all that, but in the grand scheme of things armored vehicles don’t seem so bad. It’s not like bombs or missiles or biological weapons. Besides, the liberal government accepted the sales and went ahead with it. The most unfortunate part of it all is that Saudi Arabia have had an opportunity to use them so soon.
Heck, the US sells weapons to plenty of people and you never see this kind of hand-wringing in the media. That’s the typically Canadian bit. One law professor even sought an injunction to stop the sale on pretty flimsy legal grounds:
One solution would be to never sell arms at all, but that entails sabotaging some industries. Then again, even civilian industries like engineering and mining require some “moral flexibility” if you want contracts in many countries. It’s tough being a worrywart in an imperfect world.
Anyway, I sometimes wonder why Iran is relentlessly demonized in the media but Saudi Arabia, well, they have their flaws, but they’re basically okay, y’know? And the answer is obvious: Saudi Arabia has a lot more economic integration with the West and are pretty prickly, despite arguably having an even worse human rights situation.