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Reparations for Europe’s Slave Trade?
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot

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Posted By:MissMolly, 10/22/2013 9:18:35 AM

There is no doubt that slavery was a great evil. But that does not mean that 14 Caribbean nations should succeed in their attempt to win reparations from Britain, France and the Netherlands, their former colonial masters, in a case that is being brought by enterprising British lawyers before the International Court of Justice in the Hague. For a start there is the issue of what lawyers call standing: Most of these nations did not even exist when slavery was abolished, a process that began with the British Parliament passing the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. No doubt

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 10/22/2013 9:27:20 AM     (No. 9576659)

The very fact that today the non-Hispanic Caribbean is almost entirely black ruled means that the islands themselves should be considered as ´reparations´. Heck, we can even throw in Detroit and Brixton.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WAN2, 10/22/2013 9:31:38 AM     (No. 9576666)

By hook or by crook, the haves will pay.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: provide, 10/22/2013 9:40:43 AM     (No. 9576681)

Let´s see how much reparations come from Arab slavers.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Catherine, 10/22/2013 9:40:49 AM     (No. 9576682)

Was a great evil? How about still is. Check out Africa and India. Women and children are still being sold. If you really care about slavery, get out of the 18th century and into this one and do something about it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 10/22/2013 9:44:57 AM     (No. 9576689)

At least this author makes a passing reference to the true nature of reparations in current history, even though he gets it only partially right...Japanese in this country received a measure of reparations by act of Congress for their treatment during WWII, but the descendants of Jewish victims of the Nazis, not all 60million killed in WWII, filed multiple ´class´ cases around the world and won several, amounting to billions in payments and legal fees. It´s led to a whole legal industry with one of the most noted lawyers for Jewish reparations, Ed Fagen, spawning a pack scouring the earth for other plays such as filing a case for Jews in this country which was dismissed...filing cases against insurance and other companies for WWII actions, apartheid in South Africa, slavery hundreds of years, and now slavery in the Caribbean...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Fagan

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Salt5792, 10/22/2013 10:41:58 AM     (No. 9576791)

Max doesn´t understand. Law and logic are irrelevant when courts are considering an affirmative action case. Britain will lose.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 10/22/2013 10:52:44 AM     (No. 9576811)

How many more trillions will we have to pay in reparations for something NO ONE alive today either experienced or had anything to do with?

AFDC, welfare, Section 8 housing, Obama phones, WIC, food stamps, free school lunch, affirmative action, ´earned´ income tax credit, Detroit bailouts and dozens of other programs have cost real taxpayers trillions--and yet the race-hustlers demand more.

And the US waged a war that ENDED slavery...

There is no hope.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/22/2013 11:05:05 AM     (No. 9576837)

Forget it, the modern western countries will never pay for evils that occurred as long back as antiquity that they stopped legally hundreds of years ago. Any politician who advocates that would be run out of office.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 10/22/2013 11:07:57 AM     (No. 9576841)

The fact of slavery is as old as Mankind is. It will always be going on somewhere in the world. This cry for payment for something their ancestors experienced is a false claim and should not be considered. Rather, we all should be making an effort to stop it wherever we can, but that will entail changing human nature.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/22/2013 11:12:02 AM     (No. 9576850)

Why not go all the way back to the source?

Who sold the slaves to the Europeans?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/22/2013 11:30:48 AM     (No. 9576891)

Fine, the money will be waiting for you back in Africa.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: richwill, 10/22/2013 11:43:00 AM     (No. 9576913)

60 million Jews exterminated by Hitler. I thought it was 7 million. Stalin killed about 30 million and Mao killed about 70 million, but that is not mentioned since they were communists and communists do no harm.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 10/22/2013 1:19:07 PM     (No. 9577067)

#12, the 60million referenced in my #5 relates to estimates of all killed during WWII by the Axis, but the reparations focus to date pertains to a subset, an estimated 6million Jews...

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