So you want a Leopard tank as the ole Panzer is so World War II-ish your kids get looks when you drop them off at school, what are you being a modern day parent to do about the problem? The Answer is simple, just hop an economy flight to Bonn Germany and pick up one the latest “Leopard” Tanks on the market, as while Apple name wise maybe moving to Lion for an Operating System as king cat, this is the venerable cat armermet wise to have as it is all the meow when it comes to ground warfare and the Saudi Government just has to have a few to round out their international arms holding. While on the surface this acquisition appears as just another eclectic buy and hold model of our oil rich friends looking for something to do with their stacks of money. What makes this even more interesting is their next door neighbor Israel isn’t crying foul over the plan-ed buy which says something is up someone’s sleeve.
As while formal word of this acquisition is still stuff of the cloak and dagger realm, the reasoning by the Arabic oil lords is they point to their concerns of Iran just in case Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hunkering for a late night visit deep into the Arabian Peninsula some Sunday. Or maybe with all the civil uprisings in the hood they believe a little more “hard” car crushing armament rolling down the road is just the thing they need to convince folks the posh life they have now might be better than the alternative. However one has to also ask, why Germany too, as since when did they come back to the top of the heap of weapons manufacture as for a better understanding let’s look at how their post World War-II charter reads:
“For weapons exports radiate good intentions. The buyer’s human-rights record will be given “special weight”. Arms will not be sent to countries engaged in conflict. Job creation “will play no decisive role” in deciding whether to approve a proposed deal”
So it appears their quite “charter” of shorts does allow in general for the sale to happen as it appears the buyer meets the general criteria of charter. Yet the truly interesting thing is for the US to sell them [the Saudi Government] ground based kit for warfare might be seen as taboo as the risks exists for this or a later regime to use them for internal purposes or even Israel. Yet should the same kit be coming from Germany would side step all of these potential bugaboos and Israel mute response might also add to the signal that both now have a “common” problem in the region making them strange bedfellows to say the least. Therefore this could be one to watch as further events play out over time as this hits me as a classic game of cat and mouse not seen since deep within the cold war era…