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Our cover story this month starkly exposes how Britain became complicit in humanitarian crimes

By Tom Clark   April 2020

It was, of all people, US Senator Bernie Sanders who recently found himself snared in the ethical thicket that always surrounds the making of arms. In 2005, no doubt with an eye on votes in rural Vermont, he had backed a law that protects gun manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed with their products. Today, as a challenger for the presidency, “guns don’t kill people, people do” is not an argument that he can sell to the Democratic base. Instead, he concedes that he cast a “bad vote.”


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