Economic Terrorism

The American philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." With that in mind, it's worth considering the situation of tanzanite dealers who have been targeted by ambulance chasers intent on profiting from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In the 1930s, Neville Chamberlain announced that his negotiations with Adolph Hitler would result in "peace in our time." World War II began shortly thereafter. In 1952, Sen. Joseph McCarthy announced that he had a list of known Communists in the State Department. McCarthy ultimately was censured by the Senate, but not before he ruined many lives. In the 1990s, we acquiesced in dealing with the terrorist group that eventually perpetrated the horror of Sept. 11, despite ample evidence that al Qaeda was responsible for many terrorist attacks. In a recent Wall Street Journal column titled "Peace Doesn't

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