This is an executive order I can support wholeheartedly:
President Bush signed an executive order Tuesday that bans the import of rough diamonds used to finance civil wars in Africa.
The order, which goes into effect Wednesday, brings the United States — the world’s largest diamond importer — into compliance with an international agreement prohibiting trade in “conflict” or “blood” diamonds.
The agreement, approved by the United Nations, creates a paper trail so that rough stones can be traced to a legitimate mine.
Diamond production has financed deadly conflicts in countries including Angola, Sierra Leone, Congo and Liberia. Human rights groups say rebels use forced labor to mine diamonds, then use the proceeds to buy weapons and finance military activity.
A threefer- stop putting money into the hands of terrorists, help to cu down on human rights abuses, and help those nations who engage in legitimate diamond trade. I can handle that- not to mention it is UN approved!