Sunday, March 9, 2008

And the Libertarian of the Year Award goes to....

Viktor Bout
Viktor Bout believes in freedom with Corporational responsibility. His ideal society is one in which government is slashed to the bone and corporations are free to reach their potential.

According to the Observer: The war between Israel and Hizbollah was three days old when American intelligence spotted a bear-sized man with a moustache and hangdog face meeting high-ranking Hizbollah officials in a safe house outside Beirut.

With Israeli F-16s roaming the skies above the city and military commanders growing increasingly desperate to find and kill high-value Hizbollah targets, the sighting should have been a watershed moment.

Those high-ranking Hizbollah officials, it is now widely believed, were, in all probability, meeting the man who apparently supplied them with their high-tech weapons: Viktor Bout, the world's biggest arms dealer.

It was, it appears, another close escape for the man known as the "Merchant of Death", who had spent more than a decade fuelling wars across the world by being able to deliver weapons to anyone, anywhere, at almost any time. And that might not have been his greatest talent, for he also had shown an uncanny ability for avoiding arrest, despite having Interpol, the United Nations and half a dozen nations' intelligence services tracking his empire of air cargo transports and weapons delivery services.

Read the full report in the NZ Herald

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