People ask why I am opposed to the way this issue of trafficking is being handled by my government. Maybe I just shouldn’t care. Maybe! But in the late 1960s I was one of those irritating people who opposed the handling of the Vietnam War. Back then there were quite a few of us and we seemed to make a difference.
Now I see many parallels with the issue of trafficking.
Back then protestors had their own mix of reasons to oppose that war. I think I was like a lot of other people. I opposed the Vietnam War because it was clear that help from the United States was not welcomed by most ordinary Vietnamese.
The Historic View – –
I think as historians look back on those days they agree that America supported Vietnamese dictators and puppet governments. The Communists may have been – well – Communists, but they seemed to have support of the ordinary people, at least more than we did. Had that been different I suspect we would have decisively won the war – because we are the good guys. I still like to think that is the case.
As it does, History Repeats Itself – –
And that is the most important similarity that I see regarding the War on Trafficking. The bulk of the people around the world are not on our side regarding trafficking. In many cases they see our alliance with their own governments which they do not trust. The governments themselves see us making demands that ignore their sovereignty. Ordinary people lose their jobs. Even if those jobs look like slavery or prostitution to others, they are still their jobs. Justice is redefined. Viability of a nation’s traditional culture, religions, and politics are ignored.
Of course the War on Trafficking is a vastly different type of war. There is no artillery involved, for example. I was trained in artillery back in the day because my opposition was political, not humanitarian. I never shot my gun at anyone but for me, and many others, the Vietnam War was a political mistake and not a humanitarian issue.
This is a modern war. But people are being hurt. Several men have been sentenced to life in prison which they do not seem to deserve. Many young women have lost their jobs, well paying jobs too within the context of their economy. Those jobs may not have been the ones you or your family would be interested in, but they were their jobs.
In Vietnam, when we pulled out and went home, we didn’t make a lot of enemies for doing it, and we might have looked a bit more human, more responsible in the eyes of some.
Trafficking is a War too. W said so – –
But this issue of trafficking gives America great potential to make enemies all over the world. Elsewhere you will see my musings on why the United States is not qualified to lead this attack on something that is so completely entwined with culture, religion, politics, and, yes, even family values. But enough for now – read more about that on another post.
Are we to busy to protest now – –
I would like to see some old hippies of my generation – Bill and Hillary can start this movement if they wish – and rally behind putting this genie back in the bottle. The issue of trafficking is not the simple issue you are led to think it is – as the rest of the world knows very well.
Meet me at the Sheep’s Meadow – –
Meet me at the Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park next April 15th. We’ll walk over to the UN – again. And on October 21th we can rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial – again. This time we won’t have to walk so far. We can just walk one block and levitate the State Department this time.
Come on fellow Baby Boomers, let’s take a stand against America butting into every nation’s business while we still have some friends.