This is my personal appeal to you. You have been distracted.
I’ll forgo most of the elaborate descriptions and arguments and simply appeal to your ability to discern fact from fiction: Peru is deeply complicit in the very crime which they’ve accused of Greenpeace. As a citizen of the world, as someone who has information at your disposal, it is your responsibility to find the facts, follow the money and, I will ask, to hold Peru accountable.
You may have heard and read a lot of outrage in the last week or so concerning the supposed “desecration” and “irreparable damage” of an ancient art work on the high desert of Peru. Maybe you are glad to see Greenpeace (finally) get its comeuppance in the form of a formal rebuke and possibly even a handful of prosecutions. You never liked their hippie grandstanding and think it’s all a bunch of useless and irrelevant activism. Your disapproval and disdain is, this time, directed toward the wrong party.
The leadership of Greenpeace made a definite mistake with regard to the location and quality of its protest and a definite public relations mistake from which Greenpeace may never recover. The environmental damage inflicted by the government of Peru upon the territory within Peru, both by action and inaction, puts this little Greenpeace stunt to shame — a stunt made possible, I might add, by the construction and maintenance of the Pan-American_Highway (“1S” in Peru) less than a mile away from the very site which Luis Jaime Castillo, vice-minister for cultural heritage, described as “sacred” and “irreparably damaged”! Even should Greenpeace disappear entirely, the government of Peru and the many multinational companies that feed off of the land of Peru will certainly not disappear. The activists did nothing that the current Peruvian government (if I may be allowed to describe them as such) hasn’t done themselves on the most obscene scale.
Peru has been complicit and neglectful in the care of the thousands of historical sites; complicit and neglectful in the care of millions of acres of unreplaceable forest and wetland, and hundreds of miles of river. This doesn’t even get to the matter of human neglect. The leadership of Peru fattens itself on the intense, grinding poverty of millions, upon the good will and tourism money of the world, and on the endless (by their estimation) lumber and gold that can be extracted from the little piece of land by the Pacific ocean. The leadership of Peru are corrupt and ineffectual as a government; we should no more respect their assessment of the “irreparable” damage to the Nazca Hummingbird than we should respect the Iranian government’s criticism of torture or Catholic criticism of contraceptive distribution in African nations.
My only request to you is that you pay attention to who is making the money, who is taking advantage of world opinion and at what price. I may also request that you demand that the government of Peru be held to a higher standard and be made more responsible for the damage that has been inflicted on the land and people of Peru.
- Greenpeace Handed Peru the Perfect Distraction: Peru should be held responsible
- Peru, indignant about desecration. Indifferent about impending extinction
- F*ing Lovers of Science: Verbatim Repetition About Peru