Austria apparently hasn't changed much since WW2, when they, along with Germany, led the nazis. Now, as THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS related on February 13th, these rifles, built by Steyr-Manlicher, are being used by terrorists to murder soldiers in Iraq:
No kidding. That is so naive and on-the-defensive, it's disgusting.
LONDON: Sophisticated rifles supplied to Iran by an Austrian arms company are finding their way into the hands of Iraqi insurgents, a British newspaper reported Tuesday. American troops have recovered more than 100 "Steyr .50 HS" rifles in Iraq, part of an Austrian consignment of 800 such weapons delivered to Iran over American protests that they could be given to insurgents, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The Austrian government approved the sale of the rifles, made by precision weapons maker Steyr Mannlicher GmbH, after it concluded in 2004 that they would be used to fight narcotics smugglers.
"We checked the proposal very thoroughly," Austrian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Astrid Harz said, noting that the situation in Iraq and the region in 2003-2004 was very different then than it is today.
"What happened to the weapons then is the responsibility of the Iranians," Harz said.
Not to mention yours too, you disgraceful "politician". I AGREE WITH PUNDITARIAN'S TAB POST OF 2/13: there should be sanctions issued against Austria for what they've done!