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<span style="font-size:small;"><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44066285/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/reclusive-amazon-tribe-missing-after-attack?gt1=43001#.TkHQlWHSdiZ" target="_blank">Reclusive Amazon tribe missing after attack</a><br></span> <span style="font-size:small;"><br></span>
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<div class="quote-block"><span style="font-size:small;">An uncontacted Amazon tribe that made headlines earlier this year after being filmed from the air is feared missing after presumed drug traffickers overran the Brazilian guards posted to protect the tribe's lands.<br><br>
According to tribal advocacy group Survival International, Brazilian officials can find no trace of the Indians in the area after heavily armed men ransacked the guard post in western Brazil, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Peruvian border. Like <a href="http://www.livescience.com/14772-uncontacted-tribe-brazil.html" target="_blank">other uncontacted tribes</a>, the Indians live a traditional life in the forest and do not have contact with the outside world.</span></div>
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This bit of news has been gnawing at me all day. Violence is nothing new, but this seems different somehow. I think the key difference is that there is no hope.<br><br>
In a school shooting, or even a bad earthquake, you can analyze what happened and take measures to either prevent future occurrences or be better prepared when it happens again. With endangered species, you can protect them until they reach a level that they are no longer endangered.<br><br>
But those of us following this thing with the uncontacted Amazon tribe, I think, knew from the beginning that a happy ending simply wasn't realistic. I mean, what can the end goal possibly be? The best you can hope for is to win the day to day battle to keep them protected in their little bubble, surrounded on all sides by forces that want to burst it. No matter what actions we take, these people are simply not going to live happily ever after. Their imaginary wall will eventually come crashing down and, when it does, they will be trampled and ripped apart, literally and figuratively, by a tide of slash and burn agricultural developers, loggers, drug smugglers, and even well meaning (but probably disease carrying) anthropologists, doctors, and missionaries.<br><br>
So the question, then, is what should we do? Continue trying to protect them, knowing that it is ultimately in vain and that bits and pieces of civilization will slowly make their way through (i.e. random violent attacks by drug cartels)? Get it over with and send in a team of anthropologists and vaccine carrying doctors who at least have good intentions, and do what we can to prepare them for the change that is inevitably coming?<br></span>
 

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Prime Directive. Continue trying to protect them. Going in and trying to help, even if the intentions are good, still would irrevocably change their civilization, perhaps even more so then gradually having bits of civilization go through would.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I remember seeing the photo of that tribe.
 

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Very sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I guess we can hope they fled successfully and at least were not killed.
 

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So now they're even more reclusive?<br><br>
And for my part I believe the prime directive is utter crap. I don't believe indigenous people should be wiped out or anything but I see nothing ethical or enlightened about not interfering in their lives or interacting with them in any way. How is that a humanist principle? What if they'd be better off with the things we can offer, like food and medicine, or a chance for personal betterment? I'm part Cherokee and despite some of the more horrible aspects of the interactions between Europeans and American Natives, I'd say the average person with Native blood has a much higher quality of life than they did 300 years ago.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Josh James xVx</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2964234"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
S<i>o now they're even more reclusive?</i></div>
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No-dead.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Josh James xVx</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2964234"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><i>And for my part I believe the prime directive is utter crap. I don't believe indigenous people should be wiped out or anything but I see nothing ethical or enlightened about not interfering in their lives or interacting with them in any way. How is that a humanist principle? What if they'd be better off with the things we can offer, like food and medicine, or a chance for personal betterment? I'm part Cherokee and despite some of the more horrible aspects of the interactions between Europeans and American Natives, I'd say the average person with Native blood has a much higher quality of life than they did 300 years ago.</i></div>
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Perhaps you should actually spend some time in South America and see the <i>benefits</i> that <i>civilisation</i> has brought the indigenous.<br><br>
I have and that's why I know your post is a load of garbage.
 
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