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F-16s Not Handguns?

Sun Aug 26, 2001 2:08 pm

Why should the US offer to sell Indonesia F-16s if it refused to sell handguns?

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RE: F-16s Not Handguns?

Sun Aug 26, 2001 10:40 pm

F-16s are harder to conceal.
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RE: F-16s Not Handguns?

Mon Aug 27, 2001 1:18 am

The original embargo was really an embarrased reponse to the realisation that the brutal Sukhano regime was beyond the pale.
This regime had been installed in the mid-60's by the US and other western powers, and during the cold war our eyes were averted, he was anti-communist after all.
With the new democratic govt. hopefully now settled in, and worries about potential Chinese expansion in the region, the embargo has been reversed.
Are these F-16's ones built for Pakistan, embargoed because of their nuclear programme, then offered to New Zealand only for that contract to be recently terminated?
Indoniesia already has a small force of F-16's, which must be suffering from spares and attrition problems by now.

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