The U.S. government and media has been all abuzz
over Spain's sale of eight patrol boats and twelve planes to Venezuela, for use (says Venezuela) in patrolling the Caribbean coast against drug smugglers. The U.S. has threatened to block the sale
, saying some of the equipment contains U.S. parts and that allowing Chavez's Venezuela to purchase military equipment will have a "destabilizing" influence in Latin America.
Yet the U.S. sells arms throughout Latin America without blinking an eye. COHA
helps put things in perspective.
(Not that Spain's behavior is exactly exemplary - apparently they've now turned around and are trying to sell arms to Colombia
. Amnesty International is criticizing both deals.)