How To Find Just The Facts Ma'am
I am not a political commentator. Although I am a fiscal conservative, I hold many liberal views when it comes to some of the more sensitive social issues. I state this fact about myself so that the reader will not assume a point of view based on political ideology. As a matter of fact, I have little respect for the Republican and Democratic parties. I have no respect at all for those people in either party who have driven our country into the state we now find ourselves.
As much as I would like, this article is not about the very important financial mess we are in. My article is to address the absolute stupidity of our state department and some of our international business leaders.
It is important for this country and its political and business leaders to have a clear understanding of the nature of the people and cultures in which we find ourselves today. We cannot judge other societies and cultures by our norms or standards. Much as some would like to pretend, the world is not just like us.
We live in a world where logic and reason are the logic and reason of the illogical and unreasonable. A world where life is not valued, but death is. Corruption is an everyday, everywhere occurrence and integrity, honestly, mercy and compassion are considered weakness.
Our foreign policies for business and politics must reflect the reality and not the desire of how we would like the world to work. As someone who has seen the elephant, only a strong and intelligent policy of engagement with both our friends and enemies will serve this county.
I am a 59 year old, rough diamond gemologist by trade. I have worked in the diamond business for 38 years. I work or have worked in China, India, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Israel, Sierra Leone, DRC, Angola, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand and Guinea. I have worked with royalty, high level politicians, ministers, generals and others who would have slit my throat had I let the opportunity arise.
I have worked with miners in the mud to top hedge fund managers and diamond men with outrageous wealth. I tell you this so you will know my knowledge and experience is not the arm chair variety. Today, the world is covered in scabs and filth and people are suffering unlike any other time in history. The Chinese are buying up all of Africa and every other place with raw materials. The Middle East is a very sad joke and we are prancing around the world with outdated, idiotic policies and practices which are drip by drip, stripping our country and our children of its and their future.
I am not an important person. I am just a small businessman trying to earn a living. However, I have eyes to see and I can smell the crap. Anyone who travels the world for business will verify my statements. America is becoming the Roman Empire as it was in the 15th century. If you do not know what that means, you are part of the problem. Let us face the reality of the world as it is. The wise have always spoken softly with hesitation and careful deliberation. However, the wise had better have the biggest stick and the smartest business people playing on our team if they want the bad guys, bullies and idiots to leave us alone and respect our interests and our friends.
I don’t expect change I can believe in. I am too old to be fooled by insincere politicians. I do however, believe in change we don’t expect.