Friday, December 18, 2009

John Brown

Over the years I've grown numb to hearing all about how the United States is so racist and evil and hegemonistic. I used to respond, "Doesn't the fact that we, as a nation, spilled blood to stop slavery and create real opportunity for everyone, count for anything?" Always, crickets... Meanwhile, every crackpot idea which can be ascribed to another 'culture' is celebrated immediately as being preferable to the Western one that created more wealth, comfort, longevity, and opportunity than all others combined. Well, the article linked below is one look at the truth of the world today, rather than the politically correct, 'progressive' version of it. You want to be pissed off at something? How about the fact that there are more slaves in the world today than those evil old white guys in the early days of the U.S. ever dreamed of... I thank God every day that I was born in a country and culture that taught me to value the lives of others as well as my own. And call me what you want, but I damn well think it is (and all other similar countries and cultures are) better than all the rest. Combined.

“The precise number of people lured into trafficking is unknown. Between the smugglers’ efforts to avoid detection and the low priority given by most governments to monitoring and preventing trafficking, estimates vary widely, notes the UN human rights commissioner’s special rapporteur on human trafficking, Joy Ezeilo. She puts the total number of people trafficked globally last year at about 2.5 million, including more than 1 million children. It is also big business, earning the gangs upwards of $10 bn a year, reports UNICEF.”

Here's the article that quote is from:

As they say, read it all.


Anonymous said...

Hear, hear!

Squiddy said...

Great article!