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Drugs and Slavery: America's Blind EyeGordon Duff Salem-News.com
Hundreds of thousands of slaves from around the world have been imprisoned in friendly countries like Kuwait and Dubai, how could America turn a blind eye to such injustice?
(CINCINNATI, Ohio) - When Saddam invaded Kuwait, he didn't expect America to object. Kuwait had been stealing Iraqi oil for years and, besides that, Kuwait was a slave labor state, one of the most evil and debauched nations on earth.
Why would America defend such an abomination? Hundreds of thousands of slaves from around the world were imprisoned in Kuwait, women raped daily, children worked to death, how could America turn a blind eye to such injustice?
Was it just Kuwait and the UAE? How could the showplace of Dubai have been built on blood and human suffering without us knowing? Every large American corporation is located there. Halliburton even relocated its world headquarters there. We knew nothing?
Is much of what was done to the Jews now happening on a global scale while decent, freedom loving, church going Americans share responsibility and guilt? The world economy would build a world of slavery, prostitution and drugs, a world that would corrupt governments in every "democracy" around the world.
How far do you have to go to find slavery? In Europe, even in the most advanced countries, hundreds of thousands of slave laborers, the majority prostitutes, are held against their will. Police see nothing. Courts see nothing. Try driving from Prague to Dresden. The roads are lined with prostitutes for 40 straight miles at one point. They stand shoulder to shoulder like an army of walking dead.
In the last half of the 20th century, over 50,000 children were sexually abused in Ireland alone, held in virtual slavery through a government's sick relationship with a religious cult that had become wrought with evil.
Every city in Europe, including the sparkling bastions of Germanic propriety, are dotted with dozens, some hundreds, of sex dens and work shops, all filled with prisoners, some kidnapped, some lured, all held prisoner.
For decades we have known our clothing was sewn by slaves. We never asked, not until it made juicy news when a fashion label backed by a TV personality was involved. Americans spend much of their time complaining about how undocumented aliens are draining America dry. Are these the aliens who grow our food, work in our slaughter houses?
We actually have a special place in America, almost America anyway, where slavery is a daily routine. We call it Saipan. You can make things there, say they are made in America yet they are produced under inhuman conditions by workers kept by force.
Do you eat seafood? Most of our seafood comes from Thailand. Did you know that the fishing boats there are prisons and the workers are slaves? Smuggled in from Burma, fishing industry workers are kept prisoner, worked nearly to death and openly killed if they complain. We still buy the fish, the companies, American, Japanese, Indian, Australian, all know this. We know it too, or could if we cared.
We don't care.
Back in the 80's our government needed money to fund the "contras" who were helping us fight communism in Central America. The government, maybe the CIA, maybe our military, in truth a bit of both and more, cut deals with the Colombian cartel and started flooding America with cocaine brought in on planes and boats that supplied the war. Dozens of movies were made about this. Chuck Norris, Steven Segal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and a bevy of movie superheroes fought against the CIA drug runners in film after film.
After a while, we became numb. Even the best schools in the best neighborhoods became drug dens. Sending kids to rehab became as common as sending them to camp.
The UN tells us, in their 2009 report, that opium in Afghanistan is a crop like any other. If it grows and produces more income than wheat, it will be the farmer's choice. 250,000 armed soldiers and police, both NATO and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan could wipe out the entire opium crop in a week.
We are even told that ONLY the Taliban grow opium but we also know that our troops are ordered not to destroy a single opium plant. How many times have we seen photos of troops walking through the rows of poppies?
The UN says very little opium money goes to the Taliban. Where does the rest of it go? In a world where looking the other way is common place, we can guess.
I have worked on housing projects in a number of areas of the world. There are governments that want refugees, guest workers and the disadvantaged to have all that can be offered, health, safety and a life with all the dignity a human being deserves.
Then we have the majority of nations, many close friends of the US. In one case, I was asked to work on a security assessment for a series of labor camps, housing tens of thousands of people. Was the purpose to keep the workers safe or to keep them under constant surveillance and control?
I suggested health facilities, banking, internet, recreation and worship built around a village model that would be conducive to stability and safety.
I was told the only facilities available were buckets for toilets, sheds filled with bunks and for security, bodybags. After payday, when the fights and killings had taken their toll, the dead could be put in body bags, hauled out into the desert and tossed into a pit.
Another country wanted to build quality housing for refugees. When shown the land, I mentioned that it had no water nor any transportation to jobs. The answer I received: "So?"
What is the toll of Trafficking in Persons? What is the human toll from the worldwide drug trade? Why does no one care when the deaths from a dozen wars such as Afghanistan would seem a pittance in comparison?
Has TV numbed us entirely? Why would we fight for any other reason when there is still slavery around the world? Look around your home. Think of the things there, where they were made. Think of children working 12 hour days, starvation, beatings and sexual abuse.
Why do you think we ship jobs overseas by the millions? Slavery, "guest workers" and prostitution are part of a world economy living hand in hand with massive trade in narcotics, an economy that buys judges, lawyers, police, diplomats and generals.
It also buys silence.
Special thanks to: veteranstoday.com
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and a regular contributor to Veterans Today. He specializes in political and social issues. You can see a large collection of Gordon's published articles at this link: VeteransToday.com.
He is an outspoken advocate for veterans and his powerful words have brought about change. Gordon is a lifelong PTSD sufferer from his war experiences and he is empathetic to the plight of today's veterans also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to feature Gordon's timely and critical reports on Salem-News.com, a news organization staffed by a number of veterans, particularly former U.S. Marines.
You can send Gordon Duff an email at this address: Gpduf@aol.com
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