this was forever ☾
May 16, 2014

“A diamond may be forever, but terrorism, promiscuously funded, will be too.

Let’s make the connection clearly by tracing the path of the diamond. Diamonds start out in the earth, and eventually that earth is part of a country, like Sierra Leone, Angola, or the Democratic Republic of Congo. In those countries, desperate battles for control have been going on for decades, and the armies that fight the battles finance their ambitions with diamonds. Villagers are forced to mine the diamonds by ruthless rebels who maintain order through terror: by raping women and hacking off the limbs of the children, something, by the way, you never see in the De Beers ads. The rebels then smuggle the diamonds into neighboring dictatorships in exchange for guns and cash. There the diamonds are sold to the highest bidder–whether they be terrorists or “legitimate” dealers–and finally they’re laundered in Europe, shipped to America, and end up in jewelry stores where they’re purchased by men and given to women in exchange for oral sex.

In the feminized world we live in, it’s practically national policy that women are more evolved that men–but if that’s so, how come they’re still so impressed by shiny objects?”

― Bill Maher, When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

 
 
Even with the purchase of conflict-free diamonds, we are still fueling the market and the need for them. Things are only precious because humans place value onto them. Without human intervention, objects will just be objects. So I ask, do you really want that much blood on your finger?