Another item of interest at Strategypage.com is this essay by James Dunnigan. It seems that Russia has petitioned the United Nations to outlaw the production and sale of AK-47 knockoffs.
Iíve always wanted to make a living as a writer, so Iím actually in favor of reasonable copyright and patent laws. But I canít help but wonder what the Russians are trying to accomplish here. What do they think the UN will be able to do, anyway?
It also strikes me as ironic that Russia is appealing to the one body which has been at the forefront of efforts to ban the sale of small arms. While itís logical to assume that the UN would be in favor of outlawing the sale of knockoff AKís, I donít think theyíll be too thrilled that the main reason for the measure is so Russia can reap the benefits of exporting assault rifles.
Itís a strange world we live in.