Douglas Farah, author of Merchant of Death: Money,
Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible
What does it take to turn around door-to-door delivery of major weapons systems like attack helicopters and anti-tank systems?

What if these weapons are needed within days? Who would you turn to? 

Former warlord and Liberian president, Charles Taylor, turned to Viktor Bout - one of the world's most notorious international arms suppliers. 

But Bout was not only fueling the Liberian civil war, he also provided weapons for numerous conflicts throughout Africa and to many different groups in Afghanistan, including the Taliban.

Bout has even been able to operate in Iraq post-US invasion and is currently thought to be supplying Hezbollah and fueling the conflict in Somalia.

Riz Khan asks investigative journalist, Douglas Farah, author of Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible about the human cost of war.

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Your comments:

I would like to ask mr Farah Why we call Victor Bout as an arm smuggler or an evil person while provides weopons to those who defend them selves, their rights and countries from the evil idiology of Westerners? Isnt USA overtly arming several occupiers like Ethiopia against noble Somalian people, like Israel against Palestine and Lebnon.
Abubakar - Pakistan


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