A consumer boycott sounds interesting but what does it actually mean? To explain it, I wrote this blog providing you a better idea about this. Giving an answer to questions like whether a consumer boycott is powerful enough. What products have to be boycotted? What will happen when you do this? How long will it take? Keep reading and you will learn the answers to these questions.
A consumer boycott is an untouchable force. As consumer you decide what to buy and what not. Politicians or threats cannot force your choice. You are the only one that decides what purchase to make. A consumer boycott is like an avalanche: Usually small and slow starting and then growing bigger and bigger into a massive devastating force.
That’s why the prospect of a consumer boycott has the power to convince Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Bahrain to eliminate terrorism sponsoring. After all, a consumer boycott is not only damaging or devastating for their economy, but can uproot the political landscape.
However, we expect strong resistance from the Gulf States in honoring our requests. These nations are very determined to spread the Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood doctrine and its terrorism throughout the world. More importantly the Gulf States are until now used to get what they desire: Political, economic and humanitarian chaos in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Yemen. So it is very likely that we need a massive consumer boycott to make any meaningful change possible.
What Should We Do
We should try to get everybody on the consumer boycott bus. That’s the first stage to reach. The question is: Do you and I can get enough people on that bus. To get an answer to this question and a better insight in the potential size of our boycott I looked for recent surveys. An October 2016 survey by the Chapman University on US adults shows very revealing facts.
- 61% of the Americans believe: “The United States is likely to experience a large scale terrorist event (such as 9/11) in the near future.”
- 41% is afraid of terrorist attacks.
- 39% is afraid of becoming a victim of terrorism.
These 40 – 60% are around 150 million Americans. Applied to Europe’s population of 740 million means that in Europe 300 million people are afraid of becoming a victim of terrorism. That totals to 450 million Western people. Adding Asia and Africa, at a 20% percentage, would bring the number to a staggering more than one billion people afraid of terrorist attacks or becoming injured or killed by terrorism.
These numbers make us very confident that a consumer boycott against each of the Gulf States will succeed. We believe that it is fair to assume that people who fear terrorist attacks or are afraid to become a victim of terrorism will likely participate in our consumer boycott. So the answer is: Yes, we believe that we can get hundreds of millions of consumers on the bus to eliminate terrorism and its Wahhabi, Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood’s roots.
What Can We Boycott
Now we are assured that consumer boycotts will succeed, the question arises: What products can we boycott? In general oil and gas imports and products. All of the Gulf States depend heavily on oil and gas. To give you a better imagination, we will give you four possible examples.
Gulf State airlines
The Gulf State airlines are a target. UAE airlines like the Emirates and Etihad or Qatar Airways of Qatar are very vulnerable because these airlines transport a lot of Asian and Western passengers. Asian and Western airlines would surely love to accommodate extra passengers.
Kuwait’s Gasoline Stations in Europe
The Kuwaiti owned 4.400 gasoline stations in Europe are easy recognizable. These stations operate under the brand names Q8, F24, OKQ8 and Tango
Gasoline Stations ExxonMobil
Another target could be the more than 40.000 gasoline stations that oil company ExxonMobil supplies. ExxonMobil has three brands Exxon, Mobil and Esso spread throughout the world. The company is substantially engaged in exploration, trading and purchasing of oil and gas in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.
Oil Export to China and India
China and India import each around 10% of Saudi Arabia’s oil production (Reuters). The Human Guardians could request the governments of China and India to buy oil from other countries like Iraq, Iran and Russia. It would reduce Saudi Arabia’s income with another 20%.
Start Consumer Boycott
A consumer boycott will start when a country refuses to respond to our letters or we cannot come to an agreement. If there is no response consumer boycotts will start at the earliest December 2016.
A consumer boycott needs to be prepared very well and that takes time. Please don’t expect a consumer boycott to be successful right away. How long a particular boycott could last is unpredictable. It depends on the financial reserves, the inner political situation, the reaction of citizens, the damage to the economy and so on. If we have massive supported consumer boycotts our goals could be realized within six months.
Let’s Go For It
There are hundreds of millions of people able to participate a consumer boycott. We just need to get the message to them. Please don’t hesitate: Help to get the message out, believe in our power as consumers, go for it!
Otherwise somewhere in the future these “moderate-terrorists” could grab your wife and kids for their sex pleasure, drown or burn them alive or just bomb them as they currently are doing in Syria, Nigeria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Mali and Afghanistan. Your head is then of course already chopped off.
I am not frightening you. I am just telling you the daily life reality of Syrians, Iraqi and citizens of the other mentioned countries.
So let’s go for it!
Founder Human Guardians