Conflict Commodities and Currencies It has always bothered me that our industry is so vulnerable to outside criticism that we never sit back and think about the overall effect on us and what a proper answer should really be. I refer to the latest attack on the diamond industry entitled by all concerned as "conflict diamonds." This was addressed by a world group called Global Witness and was immediately picked up by the news media. [We saw] people in Africa with their hands chopped off and Congressman Tony Hall offering a bill to identify diamonds sold by insurgents, revolutionaries, terrorists (take your pick), and to keep those diamonds out of our mainstream trading. It was made to sound as if all the troubles and unrest in the world is being caused by diamonds. [But] what was actually shown on TV was man's inhumanity to man.It is not diamonds alone that finance terrorist or revolut

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