Monday, August 9, 2010

Way Wrong: Jack Jolis: The Truth About Blood Diamonds -

Jack Jolis: The Truth About Blood Diamonds - "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'?"

Diamonds are special. Easily transportable, virtually indestructible diamonds can be produced with unskilled labor, little capital, little need for planning, no post find processing, and know distribution channels. They are also essentially untraceable or very expensive to trace which makes diamonds a near perfect product with which to fund conflicts. Non of the other products mentioned have all these characteristics. How can such incorrect statements get past the editors at the WSJ.

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