NZ Defence Industry Association happy weapons stocks going $up after French war talk?

A letter to the editor of the Dom Post (Wellington) concerning the "weapons conference" held in Wellington.

The Editor
The Dominion Post
19 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

It seems an ironic coincidence that the NZ Defence Industry Association annual conference is occurring just as weapons stock market prices are rapidly rising (as reported by Glen Greenwald on Tuesday) after the French chose their desperate and suicidal ‘war’ response to the attacks in Paris. Those who claim that the conference is about legitimate business opportunities should be happy, then.

From one report I read, Jerry Brownlee seems to go so far as to claim that weapons are not part of the conference. But in an increasingly militarized world the term ‘defence’ has become used to describe any military equipment no matter what its application. An attempt to describe this conference as being about ‘defence’ but not about ‘weapons’ is palpably out of touch with reality.


Richard Keller
13 Endeavour St.
Wellington 6022


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