In the DSEI the reminder of what weapons can do – shatter families, destroy towns, kill children – was absent. We see its final product in the ruins of Gaza and Homs and Mariupol. But at the moment of sale, there are no children pleading for peace. And this, in the end, is how the arms trade is able to live with itself.
Iain Overton surveys the damage inflicted on Ukrainian history and culture and the fierce resistance shown by their curators