Saturday, June 04, 2005

Your Feedback Needed -- Boycott?

Scott, over at It's A Matter of Opinion, got me thinking with his post about the land of hypocrites. Check out the whole post, but what it got me thinking about was possibly pulling our resources to put together a comprehensive list of products that come from terror-sponsoring nations. This list could then set a boycott in motion, perhaps by doing a blogburst, where all of us along the blogway would post that list on the same day. Any thoughts? Is this doable... or crazy?


At 11:29 AM, Blogger muse said...

Great idea! Read those labels!

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Or is oil about it for their exports? ;)

At 12:36 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

There is little that comes from the middle east to boycott.

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

It is a great idea. Just one caveat. You have to allow an exception to the boycott in case of emergencies. Can't make it like an all-or-nothing-either-you're-kosher-or-you're-not kind of deal. (I have a mid-East connection for some great cumin and other spices -- hence my caveat.) . . . But yeah, as soon as my government signs on, sign me up, too.

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

I think a boycott as such isn't a realistic option.
As you said can you stop oil?
I mean Oz could because we can be self seficient for a while.
Can the US?
Apart from that we would need to include China as number one culprit.
Just look where most of the hardware used by the Islamist terrorist is manufactured.
Where do the Maoist terrorists in Nepal get their funds from?
Look at ANSWER and other Western leftie groups which are financed by North Korea (c'mon - China) and support openly Islamist terror like any good 5th columnist group shpuld.
I can swear that if we could concentrate on China alone, at least 50% of the Islamist terror organizations would cease to exist.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I cause definitly worth entertaining,but I have to agree with beakerkin to some degree. What the heck do they export to the US from these countries (besides wahhabism I mean).

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

Esther, I think it's an interesting proposition and I admire your activism. In fact, during the Vietnam War, my mother, an erstwhile Communist, stopped buying Saran Wrap because it was a product of Dow Chemical, the company that manufactured napalm. Also, there was a time when a number of the Arab countries, at the behest of Saudi Arabia (why are we not surprised?) instituted what's known as a tertiary boycott, where they refused to do business with any American company that also did business with Israel. The U.S. later determined the boycott to be illegal and it penalized companies that capitulated to it. By that time, though, a list had been circulated containing the names of those companies, which enabled people who were against the boycott to stop buying their products. That, along with the legal sanctions against the offending companies, pretty much put the Arab boycott out of business. But, people probably shouldn't underestimate the power of a grassroots boycott and, if nothing else, it can give you some very satisfying moments of self-righteousness.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

I don't mean to be bitchy, Esther, but I think the very best thing we could do would be to invest heavily in nuclear power and look at building some clean coal plants so we could use our own vast coal reserves.

The reason these countries have to export terrorism is that they have nothing going for them domestically.

I'm serious. The best thing to do would be to sit down and figure out how to become close to self-sufficient in energy.


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