Dear Gerry Galarneau, thank you for such a sane analysis of the many
issues that affect us as users of precious materials which come from
so many varied sources and by such diverse means.
One of the issues which concerns me at times is the very core of
truthfulness or otherwise behind some of the claims made about
profiteering and politics. At this remove we only have
unsubstantiated claims that Osama is profiting from tanzanite sales.
I’m not saying that he doesn’t, it’s just that I haven’t seen any
proof of it. From what I’ve read, most of his wealth seems to be
dynastic or the product of road building in the middle east.
It would not be past all reason to entertain the concept that vested
interests in other gem material sales would be so unscrupulous as to
put about such a rumour to enhance sales of their own gem materials.
Lots of businesses see their competitors as the enemy and do not
scruple about the means to bring them down.
This is in no way to condone or support the vile terrorism that Bin
Laden and his organisation represents. But didn’t someone say that
"truth is the first casualty of war"? It’s just a thought… Kind