Little Green Footballs

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The great goggle mystery

Rememeber those British made night-vision goggles that were allegedly supplied to Hizbollah? Yeah, well, funny things may well have been Israeli sourced.

Sources at the firm, SDMS, of London, said that the published serial numbers on one of the kits found by the Israelis did not match any aspect of the contract that it had won to supply Iran with equipment for counter-narcotics operations on the Iranian-Afghan border.

The Israelis claimed that the equipment they had uncovered in a house in a village in southern Lebanon was for highly sophisticated military use. They confirmed that it was British, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office promised a full investigation.

One source at the company, which is a distribution firm, not a manufacturer, said: “The kit we supplied was actually made in Russia, which makes some pretty rugged equipment. But they were not the sort of systems which the Israelis seem to be talking about.”

Foreign Office sources said that night-vision equipment had also been sold to Lebanon and to Israel in the past, and some officials considered it was possible that the systems that found their way into the hands of Hezbollah fighters might have emanated from “somewhere closer to home”.

Source: Times Online

1 comment:

skip sievert said...

The winners in any war are the paper pushers. They are the ones who profit.
As long as they are rewarded for their predatory buying and selling of arms, it will continue.
At base there is a desire to make money, profit is considered more important than killing innocent people.
The reason to do this should be obsolete.
We are viewed as a barbaric country, that cares only for profit, and to further our flawed values.