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Nov-30-2009 14:58printcomments

Drugs and Slavery: America's Blind Eye

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?

World slavery

(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?

Guess.

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

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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.

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Osotan; December 1, 2009 9:25 am (Pacific time)

two words: minimum wage., asnd take a look at the movie "Zeitgeist" for aome other right now slavery trade. Thanks Gordon.


Daiya Block 3 December 1, 2009 8:49 am (Pacific time)

Editor: So you say you have been to Kuwait where you 'heard' about "rampant sex stories" in DUBAI? Really? Did you also hear about alien sightings in Alaska? Are you even sure you know that Kuwait City and Dubai are in two different countries? And please, if you mean by 'being in Kuwait' that you were in the Airport on your way to and from a US military camp in the middle of the desert this hardly qualifies you to speak of a first-hand experience in Kuwait and with its people. In your stories about sex trade, why not make a main focus on eastern Europe or southeast Asia like Thailand and the Philippines where sex trade is an established problem? Regarding your defense of the author: there are far better acceptable ways to express knowledge of affairs than dissing particular nations for some problems when these problems clearly and undeniably exist on other nations. In most parts of the world, this is called Prejudice.  stephen: kindly refer to this article http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/03/world/confrontation-in-the-gulf-the-oilfield-lying-below-the-iraq-kuwait-dispute.html?sec=andspon=andpagewanted=print
and you can also read more referenced facts on wikipedia @Invasion_of_Kuwait

 Editor: Daiya, I have interviewed and spoken with many contractors who worked in Dubai.  It is not a theory or supposition that Dubai is seriously deep in sex and slavery.  Of course it is a serious problem in other parts of the world like Thailand and other Asian nations, and it is and has been a huge issue in eastern Europe since the fall of Communism.  I sense that you are protective of the image of that God awful hot place called Kuwait and also Dubai.  I will check out the NY Times links you sent and I appreciate the fact that you did.  I do have a personal friend who lived in Kuwait City at the time of the 1991 invasion, I will ask her what her thoughts are.  I'm sure you know that the article yesterday was tied to the developing news about the financial picture in Dubai.      


Nader November 30, 2009 9:58 pm (Pacific time)

One Word: Guantanamo


November 30, 2009 7:37 pm (Pacific time)

Daiya, if you don't want to see the truth, continue with your eyes closed. I don't think the migrant workers in America are held against their will. Why would they be coming of their own free will (and sometimes illegally) if they are coming to work as slaves?


stephen November 30, 2009 7:23 pm (Pacific time)

Daiya: I agree with you in regards to most statements in regards to exposing the same criminal activities in the U.S. But I too, as editor states, feel you went overboard. Not to worry, I do it sometimes myself. Most of us are angry at the state of affairs, and sometimes get a bit non-professional. I have had to apologize many a time myself. Thank you for your post tho, I will look into the reasons saddam invaded kuwait. And looking forward to the article the editor says is working on. Altho Daiya? I would rather have an article on out own country and our own prison system and corrupt government, so I can totally understand where you are coming from.


stephen November 30, 2009 6:36 pm (Pacific time)

Ron Paul/Gordon Duff, 2012. :-) Thanks Gordon, I will be personally spreading your message and name around the internet. You are learned, and you speak truth from your heart. You are the perfect example, of how tramautic experiences can be turned around into something very positive, truthful, and beautiful. You have my full support.


Daiya Block 3 November 30, 2009 5:36 pm (Pacific time)

Kuwait and dubai are 'centres' for slavery and torture and rape and all of that? How delightful. Excuse me, but do you care to give any references for these absurd allegations? I wonder where you get your facts. I challenge you to present sources for these allegations. True to be told, cases of labor exploitation and abuse do take place. However this is not exclusive to this region. It unfortunately happens everywhere-including the United States.  Just last month ABC released a report about children working in farming in Michigan, let alone the hundrends of thousands of abused cheap labors from central and south america everywhere from new york's delivery boys to california's farm industry. You won't catch me dropping my jaw if such cases were reported in Oregon state as well.  Why not request from the state of Virginia to make an official apology to its significant and disgraceful role in slavery? That's something that the state's assembly refuses to do until this very day. All they offer is a measly 'regret' which continues to anger descedents of those who were enslaved and shipped to this country against their will. You are a bigot. You are filled with hatred. Instead of exaggerating on other nations' problems, why don't you work on fixing your own.  And by the way, the claim that Kuwait stole Iraqi oil is the excuse Saddam's regime gave regional media for his criminal invasion. It has been proven time and time again to be simply false and lacking any truth, just like your article lacks validity. Get some education.

Editor: OK Daiya, take it easy when you address things here and you will gain more ground.  Gordon's statement that a large amount of sexually slavery takes place in these nations is not exactly new news.  Have you been to these places?  I have been to Kuwait and I have heard a lot of first-hand accounts of Dubai and the rampant sex trade there.  In fact, I am working on a story about that right now.  This writer is anything but uneducated, please try to keep it above the board and I will do the same when addressing you, fair?  

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