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In which the WSJ explains how silly that whole "blood diamonds" thing is

9:13 pm - 08/09/2010
The Truth About Blood Diamonds
The international focus on "conflict minerals" is a self-serving charade.


Thanks to Naomi Campbell's clueless testimony before the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, the manufactured non-scandal of "blood diamonds" is once again being trundled before the collected gullibility of the world.

The parallel occurrences of diamonds and internecine mayhem in Africa are in no way causative—certainly no more than by any other commercial commodity found in the continent. When was the last time we heard of "blood manganese," or "blood copper," or, for that matter, "blood bananas" or "blood cut flowers"?

The fact is that most African diamonds are produced in places that are reasonably-to-perfectly peaceful, (such as Botswana, Namibia and South Africa), whereas there are murderous African conflicts that rage elsewhere without the slightest "assistance" from diamonds (such as Rwanda, Uganda, and the Sudan).
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I lost it at the suggestion that there are no other blood minerals. Which, tbh, is a bit farther than I normally get in most WSJ articles. That said, I think there is a general point about what is being done, and how effective these methods are (or rather, are not). That was lost in gallons of wharrgarbl in the article, but it's a point for discussion.
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luomo 10th-Aug-2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
liberal guilt

mindrtist 10th-Aug-2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
conflict minerals...???????

Really? I've got conflict minerals right here. My sister wants wear a necklace of mine.
luomo 10th-Aug-2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
did some quick googling of "jack jolis" and learned that:

he was quoted defending the diamond industry in a piece from 2007 called This Valentine's, Diamonds Have It Rough:
News media use "Blood Diamond" movie to tarnish the industry's reputation

But rough diamond expert Jack Jolis called the whole concept of “Blood Diamond” a non-issue in a National Review article on Nov. 20, 2006. “If there were not a single diamond produced on the African continent, there would not be one fewer war there, nor one fewer human victim thereof.”

“Diamonds were no more used to finance armed conflicts than any other source of funds,” Jolis wrote. “Moreover, the vast majority of Africa’s many civil conflicts occur and have occurred in countries and areas where diamonds are not found or produced.” Jolis added that many countries with diamonds have also been conflict-free.

“Diamonds don’t kill Africans. Jumped-up barbarian maniacs with imported ideological agendas kill Africans,” Jolis concluded.

his linkedin says he is an "Independent Mining & Metals Professional; Antwerp Area, Belgium"

he posted this comment on frumforum:

What in Europe they call socialists, are in America called Democrats.

Of course, there are “left” and “less-left”-wing socialists in Europe, just as there are “left” and “less-left”-wing Democrats.

Why should this obvious state of affairs be so contestatory? Especially as pertains to Obama, who comes from and remains manifestly on the left edge of the Democrat Party? (If he hasn’t managed yet to govern quite as radically as he and his most left-wing supporters would wish, this is due to the political reality on the ground — i.e., the resistance of the American people — but this in no way negates where his political heart and mind reside.)

Of course he’s a socialist (even if, these days, with a small “s”). But that’s the least of our problems — the real question is: what else is he?

and on amazon, he recommended that Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg was "required reading"

in every college Comparative Government, American History and World History course. It crucially sets the record straight on one of the Left's most successful, enduring and harmful feats of taxonomical "disinformation" in the history of modern political science.

To the abiding embarrassment and discomfiture of the Left, Goldberg highlights the common philosophical ancestry that the various strands of leftism share with fascism. (At the calumnious expense of conservatives and the political "right"). Not surprisingly, the truth hurts those it unmasks, and this book has American (and British) liberals all tied up in an indignant spluttering snit. Well, good.

A minor and incidental reflection of the truth of Goldberg's thesis is that both Goebbels and Lenin have been credited with the same quote that "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Well, with this book, Jonah Goldberg renders a huge service in debunking many of those lies.

The fact that it is also engagingly and wittily written is just a bonus, but a no less welcome one for that.

there's more, but whatever. guy is just a rightwing shill who can write fancy words and comes out now and then to defend his industry, which requires capitalist exploitation of african workers and western demand for shiny minerals. fucking WSJ.
keeperofthekeys 10th-Aug-2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the bg info. He sounds like a special person.

I hate the WSJ. I very rarely find anything of value in what they publish. But it's my family's favorite news source to read. So much rage.
luomo 10th-Aug-2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
also, found his Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Trade of the House Committee on Ways and Means; Hearing on Trade in African Diamonds from September 13, 2000 in which he gave invaluable information:

Sierra Leone: Even if not a single diamond existed there, not a man, woman or child would escape being amputated or beheaded by a rusty machete.

Let us not waste valuable time talking about "peace-keeping" or "mercenary" forces in Sierra. "Peacekeepers"? They consist mostly of Nigerian gangsters, assisted by some Guinean gangsters, who are not only better armed, but even more intent on killing anyone who gets in their way of putting their hands on "the diamonds". And in Sierra, there is a lovely bunch of drugged-up thugs called the KAMAJORS, who, while professing to support the current government find themselves fighting their allies, enemies, even themselves -- not for diamonds, but because they're drugged and all they know what to do is fight. You think they would know how to sell an uncut diamond?

then he starts really getting into how diamonds haven't contributed to all the violent conflicts within africa, so therefore western mining interests are totally absolved!!!!:

And do you remember the civil war in Nigeria, between the breakaway Biafra and the then-"Federal" government? What did diamonds have to do with that butchery? Right. Exactly nothing.

Or the 5 civil wars in the Tchad? Over diamonds. Sorry. Nary a one.

Or, even the 40+-year civil war in the Sudan. Over diamonds? The only diamond you might find in the Sudan would be lodged between the Mahdi's cadaver's 2 front teeth.

And the unspeakable mangle-shambles that used to be Somalia. Any diamonds involved in that particular charnel house? I don't think so.

and then:

Neo-colonialism? You betcha. And 99% of the people of embattled Africa would kiss your feet for it.

neo-colonialism LOL!

And, even in the unlikely event that such an anti-diamond scheme DID have a measure of success, the only people it would hurt would be the already dirt-poor hard-working artisan/digger poor devils, digging away in the Third World -- certainly not diamond dealers who have stocks like Unca Scrooge had a swimming pool overflowing with golden spondulics.

ah, yes, if you were to dry up western imperialist capitalist intervention in africa, you'd be hurting the people's jobs! so let us stay there and take all their resources for their own benefit!
crossfire 10th-Aug-2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
These comments are good and you should feel good for making them.
varhan 10th-Aug-2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
way to minimize and trivialize the problem mr jolis.
fornikate 10th-Aug-2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
this guy is a moron who has no clue what really goes on over there
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