Complete List Of Which Countries Sold Weapons To Libya

Tyler Durden's picture

Wonder why nobody really cared about the Libyan regime until two weeks ago, when it suddenly became cool to hate on Muammar, especially by his former head of state "best friends"? Simple: weapon sales. While Libya was happily exporting oil, and using the proceeds to reinvest the money in the form of €62 billion or so of deposits in European (and apparently US) banks, bypassing Money-Laundering Provisions freely, it also used a fair portion of the proceeds to procure weapons. The amount, at just under €1 billion between 2005 and 2009 is not nominal, and certainly led to some very appreciated top and bottom line beats for a variety of arms makers. And while the data was not previously available, the Guardian now makes it public for the entire world to realize that while Italy relied on Libya for a great portion of its oil imports, it was also the biggest maker of Libyan weapons (which makes sense: the country needed to protect its investment) in 2009 and 2007, and was just behind France in 2008.

The total weapons exports by year is presented here:

And the full breakdown by year and country:

And some of the key highlights from Guardian:

  • The EU granted export licenses for €834.5m worth of arms exports in
    the first five years after the arms embargo was lifted in October 2004
  • 2009 is the highest amount ever: €343.7m
  • Italy is the top exporter, with €276.7m over the five years
  • The UK got off to a big start in 2005, with €58.9m of the €72.2m total. UK licenses over the five years are worth €119.35m
  • Malta saw some €79.7m of guns go through the Island en route to Libya in 2009 - apparently sold via an Italian company

We wonder when comparable data for the US will be made public?

Update: an amusing incident regarding Malta's weapon exports: it appears that fat fingers are not only involved when crashing the S&P.

From Malta Today: 'Typing error' by Maltese agent causes Malta embarrassment over arms exports to Libya

A ‘typing error’ in documentation submitted to the Maltese government
by a Maltese handling agent of Italian arms manufacturing firm that
exported weapons to Italy, has led to Malta being erroneously being put
into the spotlight by a European report that alleged €80 million, rather
than €8 million worth of weapons transited through Malta from Italy to
Libya in 2009.

Information Director Martin Bugelli claimed that contrary to what
many may have assumed, Malta had only issued a transit export licence to
weapons firm ‘Beretta’, and the arms were never physically in Malta.

In a letter to the The Times yesterday, Italian ambassador Luigi
Marras questioned government’s explanation and said that Italy had only
exported €8 million worth of small arms to Libya in November 2009.

Bugelli claimed that company’s local agent, WJ Parnis England, has
formally admitted it had made a “typing error on the documentation
submitted to the Maltese government.”

In an official letter, which the government received from the agents
earlier today and which it made public, the company admitted that an
“extra 0” had been inadvertently typed in.

MaltaToday is informed that shortly after knowing of the Italian
ambassadors official reply, an investigation was launched and the local
agents found the mistake.

A government spokesman argued that the whole issue was a “storm in a teacup.”

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Rodent Freikorps's picture

Reagan wanted to kill him. Europe was outrageously outraged at the cowboy.

Europe should rot in hell.

Sudden Debt's picture

Reagan was so demented he couldn't even remember his own name.

Bankers had full controll of the white house and took over ever since.





you can go to heaven with all the 80 year old virgins as a angel. (Angels have no dicks!)



Rodent Freikorps's picture

Wow. What a typical EuroTrash response.

I had thought better of you.

Y'all need to pull your heads out your ass and realize the rest of the world does not love you simply because you fuck with the US.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Sudden adores his caps lock hehe

Sudden Debt's picture

If it's go a hole we'll fuck it! :)


I'm just messing with you RF, you're cool ;)


tmosley's picture

Don't blame him, he's Dutch!

camoes's picture

There are 2 things we at zerohedge hate: intolerance of other people's culture and the DUTCH!


Sorry, had to quote Goldfinger, I actually think the dutch are pretty cool and their country is awesome...and you guys gave Van Gogh and the Red Light District

Michael's picture

I hate Regan for what the puppet masters made him do, starting the mega deficit spending.

Stopping the war spending now will decimate what's left of the manufacturing sector in the US.

The only thing we manufacture here anymore is military weaponry.

How many jobs would be lost if we stopped military spending?

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Democrat controlled congress. Who controls the purse strings?

And he still won the cold war.

Michael's picture

It's better to have thousands of slaughtered American soldiers and tens of thousands of maimed soldiers then hurt profits of arms manufacturers.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Reagan had to rebuild the military after Dems nearly destroyed it. He did, but if you think he could without deal making with the commie/libs, you are crazy. He did what was necessary to keep you free. The fact that the Bush family betrayed him does not make him a lesser being. Bushes are Ivy League. Betrayal is in their nature.

And the most important point:

He fucking won the Cold War.

Pants McPants's picture

Red Fascist ::  Reagan ::  Obama  :: Blue Fascist

Rodent Freikorps's picture

It was Bush the Elder and the Democrats who decided how to spend the Peace Dividend. Traitors all.

zaknick's picture

You are extremely uninformed. You even suffer under Bush the elder's (& his bankster cohorts) propaganda. Let me tell you something: Reagan ran didley squat in the White House. It was made clear to him by Hinckley's bullet just who was in charge (Hinckley's brother was at Neil Bush's house that evening and the two families have known each other a long time).

I am telling you that Reagan was a nobody and had no hand in the critical themes that shaped this country in the eighties. Nothing whatsoever. All of it is a propaganda coup against sheeple like you who dont do their own due diligence on what the scum on TV spout at you.

I remember after Reagan beat the fascist scum Bush for the Rethuglican nomination, he was asked if Bush was to be his veep. Reagan roundly rejected the idea, at which point the actor was taken backstage and ingormed that indeed Bush was to be his veep. He came back out and confirmed the "rumor".

Also, the "cold war" you so highly tout was another mk-ultra strategy directed more at the American population than anything else. When the Berlin Wall fell, the C!A was still claiming the Soviets were a massive threat (MIC budget considerations).

The cold war, the drug war, the war on "terror", all fascist garbage designed to hurt you, the world while enriching these scumbags.

Hope I've given you a clue.

ZakuKommander's picture

Yeah, the Chinese and Russians have left the world stage.  LOL.

Questionmark's picture

Reagan didn't win shit. The cold war was ended when the USSR collapsed on its own due to economic failure and the solidarity movement.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

The Cold War ended when the Soviets understood they could not keep up with our rate of expansion, dumbass. Their economic model, being socialist, doomed them.

Reagan knew their true names and ass fucked them.

Flakmeister's picture

I'll give you a hint.... follow the oil. The West completely outmanuvered the Soviets taking advantage of the North Sea, Prudhoe and the Saudis as strategic assets...

ZakuKommander's picture

Russia has done a fine job maneuvering oil and gas assets in the last several years . . .

Flakmeister's picture

 Look at the Russian production profile and factor in the hard cash they were getting at the time. They imploded because they had no other source of hard currency. It took a collapse before it could recover. And now with US and North Sea production down by about 3 mmbd, they are holding an ace.

The greatest irony of the end of the Cold War is that the Americans "won" only by going down the same path as the Soviets...

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Putin is Europe's daddy now. Heh.

I no longer care.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Reagan was a actor (as they all are to some varying degree) and he was a puppet on a string. He won the cold war? I think not. Those are just words that mean nothing. Do you know how he got to be President?  The same bunch that got Obama elected , also got him elected to first the governorship of California and then the Presidency. They figured they would help him out since he sucked as a actor and why not, when he got elected, he did as he was told, like the good little slave that he was. The idea of him being a conservative was invented while he was still not in politics. They figured they could work that angle better than the "liberal" option. Reagan was a traitor and no friend ot liberty or this country. Sad but true. For reference material on all of this, read the book "supermob" by Russo. In it he outlines the backgrounds of many of so-called conservative heros that were only fictions. So many of our elected officials are bought and paid for. The Chicago outfit, (Russian jewish) owns the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona and I dare say, most if not all of the politicians in those respective states. I wish I could agree with you about Reagan. For his first term, that was the last time I voted in any election. Even though I had not really woke up that much, I still have always had a healthy distrust of politicians and government and the way I figured it, even back then, is that it didn't matter what we thought and who we voted for, things always got worse. And so they have.

zaknick's picture

I think the best insight I've read on Reagan was that while the banksters C!A pushed McCarthyism and the red scare upon ignorant Americans, Reagan was their fair haired boy in persecuted Hollywood. That tells you how far back he was a tool.

High Plains Drifter's picture

I think actually he was a communist, but the boys from Chicago thought it might be a good idea for him to change his stripes and become a "conservative" So he did and the rest is history. He became friends with the boys from the outfit when his family used live above a particular pool hall, that was below their apartment. Some members of the outfit used to hang around there. He met them and did little favors for them and sucked up them and they liked the boy and took him under their wing. So when they went out west to start Hollywood etc, they told him to come out with them and they would make him a actor in the movie businesses they were starting. So he did. But they realized he sucked as a actor , after a while and they decided to use him in politics as a "conservative" candidate. Ha ha ha. Man we are such fools. Goldwater was the same way, same deal. He was all mobbed up. So is McCain( just like his father) His wife is the daughter of a late local made man, Jim Hensley. He made his bones by going to prison and not squealing on his boss and was rewarded for it when he got out. He worked for the Arizona mob boss , Kemper Marley, who is connected to the Chicago outfit through Samuel Bronfman, father of Edgar, of Seagram's whisky fame. The Bronfmans got well, shipping tainted whisky across the border to Al Capone and others, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws at that time. At the zenith of its power, the outfit powers stretched all the way into Canada and to Chicago and into California and the west.

information like this is all over the internet available for anyone to read if they so choose. Just more bad news for those who need to know real truth.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Oh by the way, Reagan used to go around and give speeches sometimes , as former Presidents often do, for money of course.  I remember hearing him talk one time a long time ago. They were playing it on PBS one evening or Saturday afternoon. This man did not sound anything like a conservative. He sounded exactly like someone from the CFR talking up the coming new world order.  Of course I noticed that, but probably many of the coolaid drinkers did not I suppose.

nedwardkelly's picture

"Reagan had to rebuild the military after Dems nearly destroyed it"

The situation is hopeless so long as people still think any of this is about Dems Vs Repubs.

mynhair's picture

Hey, Reagan had Granada!  What, 2 wounded?

nmewn's picture

Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union...the left will always hate him for that ;-)

rich_wicks's picture

The Soviet Union collapsed because it was an entirely socialist nation.  Communism always fails.  China isn't even communist anymore, they are a hybrid of fascism and capitalism, but they are moving increasingly to capitalism.

The only thing Ronald Reagan destroyed was any sense of fiscal responsibility in either parties, and what they will ultimately destroy is the United States.  Reagan doubled the national debt during his two terms.  So did Bush Jr.  Obama is going to outdo them all.

Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

Reagan didn't double the debt. Taxes were cut and revenues taken in by The US Treasury increased substantially. The debt increased because the Congress increased spending at such a rate as to eclipse the increase in revenue thus increasing the debt. Overspending by the Congess gave us the increase in debt. Congress controls the spending, not the Executive branch. People need some civics lessons here!

pods's picture

The debt increased because the debt has to increase.  If it doesn't, the debt system collapses.

Ain't any more complicated than that.


High Plains Drifter's picture

At the time, the Soviet Union had outlived its usefulness and so was broken up, as it now occuring in the middle east. The communist are still around. They are just listed under different names such as neocons, etc. The neocons are trotskyites. Trotsky had a falling out with Stalin because Stalin wanted Russian communism to be based upon him and his viewpoints on the subject and the Trotskyites wanted it to be international in scope. This was when Stalin (who was I believe half jewish) started his purge of jewish intellectuals in the party because he did not trust them. So we have two basic flavors of communism, stalinism and trotskyism.  They are about the same however.  When the Trotskyites decided to become "conservatives" it was because they realized they could never achieve their goals within the democratic party and that they needed the Christian right to help them. So now we see what the game is and how it is being played out before our very eyes.

AnAnonymous's picture

Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union...the left will always hate him for that ;-)


The Soviet Union would have died its natural deathl, just like slavery in the US.

tmosley's picture

He didn't win the cold war, the Soviets lost it.  Instead, Reagan set us down the same path, by confusing socialism and fascism with free markets and democracy.

He said the right things, but he did not do what he said.

Michael's picture

Why are you trying to shatter peoples fantasies about Regan with facts?

kridkrid's picture

Of all the silly narratives, "Reagan won the cold war" rates right up there with the most dangerous.  Hoover as the do-nothing president is also good.

Michael's picture

And don't get me started about Clinton either;

NAFTA, Glass-Steagil, Monica Lewinsky, Changed formula for calculating unemployment that skews it downward.

Surpluses? You got to be kidding me. Move his presidency up 6 months and he would of had the NASDAQ crash on his plate.

zaknick's picture

Thats nothing. All u need to know about the drug trafficking Billary:

google: the crimes of Mena, Arkansas.

Chip Tatum ( the Tatum Chronicles) was (murdered) a good witness.

High Plains Drifter's picture

Reagan had this organization called the kitchen cabinet.

The mob spent a lot of money getting him elected and they had sex tapes on him to blackmail him in case he got out of line but they wanted to keep eyes on him at all times. So their man to do this was the heir to the Bloomingdale fortune, Alfred. He was friends with the boys from Chitown. He died in 1982 of cancer. I said that they had blackmail material on Reagan. I believe this was the case. A woman surfaced , not long after Alfred died complaining about needing money, after Alfred's wife found out about his long standing affair with her and cut her off from the money supply. Her name was Vickie Morgan , a woman who came to Hollywood to seek her fortune but ended up being a party girl for the rich and famous and well connected. It is my understanding that these parties were wild sex parties and anything went. Reagan used to go to these , as did his little buddie Alfred. So when Alfred died, this party girl surfaced and let it be known that she needed money and she had some shall we say very delicious video tapes, of powerful men doing weird sexual things, which was her specialty by the way. She also threatened to write a tell all book. All of this was not a good idea. They found her dead, beaten to death by a baseball bat and the murder was framed on her homosexual drug addict roommate.

And to think, I used to look at this man and think he was such a nice man, etc. Ha ha, my bad.

Also there had been testimony by a young male prostitute that both Reagan and Bush used to go these parties in Washington DC where underage young male boys and girls were used there to satisfy the sick sexual desires of these sick men. This young male prostitute ran into a Hospital one night saying that men were trying to kill him. They sedated him and put him in a room. The next morning he was found dead.

The reference material for this can be found in a book called "The Franklin Coverup"

Incidentally, the boys for these sick events in Washington DC, came from a nice Catholic place in Nebraska , called Boystown, which I might add was at one time, according to the above book, a favorite pick up point for our little old rich buddy, Warren Buffet , back in the day. Maybe that is why he lives in Omaha, ha ha ha .....

It is like one of the voice characters on the Phil Hendrie show used to say,

Its a big shit sandwich and we all have to take a bite......

Rodent Freikorps's picture

He won it by bankrupting them. Very little blood was spilled.

Now that his legacy has been betrayed, the blood will flow in rivers. Good luck with that you idiots.

Michael's picture

And Osama Bin OBL is singlehandedly winning it by bankrupting the US.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

I did mention the Bushes being Ivy League traitors, didn't I?

High Plains Drifter's picture

Here is one of Reagan's little buddies.

Sidney Korshak, the Fixer. Russian jewish man who moved out to California after the Chicago outfit decided to create the town of LA and Las Vegas, mostly on stolen Indian lands, but who cares right? He was friends with Reagan. He was one of many "friends" of Reagan. So I ask you, how did this Ronald Reagan get mixed up with the Chicago outfit? Well where did he grow up? Hmmm? Sidney Korshak's goomah, was James Bond girl, Jill St. John, aka, Jill Arlyn Oppenheim who was born in Los Angeles, California. Most people have never heard of this man, but he was one of the most powerful men in California and beyond.

Flakmeister's picture

TM, my opinion of you has just risen....

New_Meat's picture

c'mon tm, you've played poker.  RR, Maggie, and THE Pope sitting at the table with Brezhnev, who died, followed by Mikey.  25% of GDP was all-in for the Soviets.  So they busted out and as RR said admittedly simplistic: "We win, they lose."  Made it happen.

- Ned

SilverDOG's picture


Cold War was a propaganda/paranoia, oligarchy directed, beginning of the middle class elimination. 

Enslavement by accrued fear driven debt. 


High Plains Drifter's picture

The communist never really went away. They are still there as they are all over the place. They just change their colors like a chameleon. As we look at the middle east and realize that most of this activity is at best, contrived and produced by someone , then we can also ascertain, that the event in Russia was also a contrived event. Nothing has changed. Our enemies are created for us so we have someone to fight and to get mad at. Wars break out and men and women die for nothing and nobody ever really cares about it. Such is life in the matrix.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Faber says we make beer and whores... and he's doing his part to keep the economy alive!

dejapfc's picture

Hahahahahahaha,you rule .....