When fighting back is a crime

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. government has charged an international arms dealer with conspiring to sell a rebel group millions of dollars in weapons "to be used to kill Americans in Colombia," federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Viktor Bout, who was recently captured in Thailand, had agreed to sell the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) surface-to-air missiles, armor-piercing rocket launchers, "ultralight" airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other weapons, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

There was no immediate public response from Bout, who remains in custody in Thailand.

Federal authorities unsealed an indictment charging Bout with four terrorism offenses: conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, conspiracy to kill U.S. officers or employees, conspiracy to acquire and use an anti-aircraft missile, and conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Why do Viktor Bout's customers need surface-to-air missiles, armor-piercing rocket launchers, "ultralight" airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other weapons to kill Americans in Colombia? They can't just do it the old-fashioned way and mug them in the alley?

The establishment media wouldn't dare to print anything about it, but the reason is that the US government has been fighting an undeclared war in Colombia for years with "private" soldiers. They are heavily armed and armored. They have planes, guns, bullets, bombs, and chemicals, and they aren't afraid to use them to commit what would be called "terrorism" or "acts of war" if they were happening the other way around. The US government can arm anybody, torture anybody, or kill anybody, because it's all in the name of...ahem, security or freedom or something. But they hate competition.

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Too bad there is no world

Too bad there is no world government with which to prosecute the U.S. for violating antitrust law and engaging in anti-competitive, monopolistic business practices. Of course, then we would need a super-duper meta world government one level above the world government to keep the world government from engaging in the same kind of anti-competitive, monopolistic business practices. And a super-dee-duper meta META world government one level above that one...

It's not about competition

This isn't a case where they fight competition as such, but a case where they fight a declared enemy.

Now, you may argue why they seem to go out of their way to seek enemies. That's a different question, related as it may be.

But once war there is, from a monopoly government or a free-market government alike, it is absurd to reproach one side to treat its enemies as enemies.