A shameful trade

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:472
  1. Tony Smith

    The peace dividend forecast at the end of the cold war seems a distant fantasy now. Britain continues to spend twice the European average on “defence”—but what this actually means is that Britain continues to maintain a large armaments industry. At least one third of the 500000 jobs in defence industries depend on exports.

    Among the weapons that Britain exports are landmines, a cause of immense sufferings to non-combatants in countries as far apart as the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Mines have killed or severely injured at least one million people in the past 20 years, many of them children. In the second world war these weapons …

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