On September 5, 2006, President Bush made the following statement in a speech in Washington, reiterating what has become known as the "Bush Doctrine:"
After September the 11th, I laid out a clear doctrine: America makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those that harbor and support them, because they're equally guilty of murder.
Today, February 13, 2007, the Telegraph published a detailed report describing Iranian arms captured by the US military in Iraq:
Austrian sniper rifles that were exported to Iran have been discovered in the hands of Iraqi terrorists, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
More than 100 of the.50 calibre weapons, capable of penetrating body armour, have been discovered by American troops during raids.
The guns were part of a shipment of 800 rifles that the Austrian company, Steyr-Mannlicher, exported legally to Iran last year.
The sale was condemned in Washington and London because officials were worried that the weapons would be used by insurgents against British and American troops.
Within 45 days of the first HS50 Steyr Mannlicher rifles arriving in Iran, an American officer in an armoured vehicle was shot dead by an Iraqi insurgent using the weapon.And they're not cheap, either:
Over the last six months American forces have found small caches of the £10,000 rifles but in the last 24 hours a raid in Baghdad brought the total to more than 100, US defence sources reported.So my question is this: why shouldn't the "Bush Doctrine" be applied to Steyr-Mannlicher, and to Austria, as well as Iran?
Mr. President: TAKE THEM ALL OUT.
And my fellow Americans: Boycott Steyr-Mannlicher, purveyors of sniper rifles to America's enemies.