I found this interesting:
"No one genuinely discerning of the state of politics in T&T and the world should be surprised at the measure of disbelief, cynicism, blind support and equally blind opposition to the very serious allegation that a group of people has been planning to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three of her Cabinet ministers."
"But notwithstanding the Prime Minister and the security forces going this far to convince the sceptics, the disbelief continues."
For those who still believe that the Bible gets it right every time about human nature:
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.---Luke, 16:10"
Maybe all this time, I have been transferring where none was felt, my own personal shock onto A. N. R. Robinson. If I have been correct then maybe this latest event will help us to understand the consternation that that physically and politically assaulted Prime Minister must have experienced when on the night of Friday 27 July, 1990, sometime between 10:30 and 11:00, he realised that the only response to his command, "Attack with full force!" was going to be the sound of crickets chirping.
Winston Dookeran, in his meeting with then US Ambassador Austin on March 7, 2006 thanked the Ambassador for this "wise" intervention.
2) (U) Ambassador Austin met, on March 7, with Winston Dookeran, Political Leader of the opposition United National Congress (UNC). Dookeran was forthcoming, honest and, as the Ambassador openly told him "very likeable". Dookeran was laudatory about one particular aspect of the USG/GOTT bilateral relationship. Referring to the Jamaat-al-muslimeen failed coup attempt of 1990, Dookeran lamented the fact that the assistance provided to the GOTT at that time by the FBI's hostage negotiating team has never been properly acknowledged. When the Ambassador recalled then president Arthur N.R. Robinson's order to "attack with full force", Dookeran said that the advice of on-site US intelligence officers to the GOTT not to follow the president's order was obviously wise. SOURCE
Returning to the article, these are the author's points that left me puzzled:
"Understandably, the cynics and believers should be divided into groups: the tribal supporters of the ruling and opposition parties who can be easily led around by their noses, who will see no evil, hear no evil about their party and tribe but will easily agree that the claims and actions of the other are false. This phenomenon of blind loyalty has seriously blighted the politics; it has given us a mass from which there can be drawn no critical thinking, just driven by tribal instincts."
Has the author simply erased some of the rest of us? To name just a few of the lost "tribes" who apparently exist under the radar of political analysts, there are those of us who neither demand nor receive favours, those of us who support NO political party, those of us who may be persuaded to support a party but only AFTER country, those of us who couldn't even begin to choose an "ethnicity" if called to take a side, those of us who have half a brain that we try to use? True, we do not occupy prime time and make plenty noise but I become more convinced that it is within the ranks of these thoroughly acclimatized "tribes" that you will find the best that this nation has fashioned.
The other thoughts which I found problematic were:
"What is more, how could people, those online, the callers and others, think that a government, any government, would place itself in jeopardy simply to win public sympathy which would fizzle if the allegations turn into a hoax?..."Is the author suggesting that governments are never deceitful and don't ever tell lies, lies that are well coordinated between departments, lies that are sometimes as fantastic as they are murderous, lies that sometimes have tragic national and global consequences, lies to win public support for decisions which are injurious to that same public, and more lies to cover up the injuries? If readers have never been exposed to the fact that governments lie, Google the subject. There are too many articles and videos to mention here so I will leave it to you.
"What seems fair to conclude is that a Prime Minister, the CoP, the Defence Force commander, the Attorney General and the Minister of National Security and threatened ministers could not hold the population in such contempt that they believe they could so deceive. Therefore, it must be that there is substance to the alleged assassination plot."
Is the author also suggesting that governments actually believe or care that there will be negative consequences when their lies are disclosed?
Is the author suggesting that governments never hold populations in contempt?
Finally, I agree fully with the author's conclusion:
"But like others, this columnist has a healthy scepticism of politicians and their parties. What is more, politicians and their parties have earned the disbelief which people have of them. Therefore, the allegation is before the Government and the security forces to be proven, and neither one of the two entities could seek to lay blame on each other for some faux pas which blocks the way forward. Nothing short of an unqualified conviction in the courts would satisfy those with doubts and there can be no long drawn-out investigation and deliberation: the police must go out and find the evidence to convince the Director of Public Prosecutions there is a basis for the laying of charges."A government is manned by human beings, but we have to keep in mind that a government is NOT a human being and should not be allowed to have a mission of its own that is divergent from ours. As I said before, I have not yet made up my mind about whether the alleged plot or plot within a plot was a hoax. The burden of proof lies with those who made the allegations so I continue to wait. I will be among the first sceptics to add my voice to the "believers" when the evidence before me satisfies.
We can no longer pretend that things are like they used to be. I personally mourn the loss, caused by time and distance and "progress," of the country people who I admired when I was growing up. The women who were like rocks and the men who said, "God willing." and believed it, even though many of them would not accompany their wives to church. I can still see their tough brown legs and arms, the rough, work-hardened hands and fingers that seemed huge and clumsy but whose tenderness fascinated me when wrapped around a freshly unearthed cassava or dasheen. These were the expert weavers of mamoo baskets and the wielders of poyahs, the makers of maracs and warap. They knew about gru gru bef and sapote and how to disappear from view [I kid you not] and the special baths to prepare their dogs for the hunt. Yes, a cacophony dominates the world today, but for me it cannot drown out the silence, that void left by the people and a time that will never come again.
Maybe the scales have fallen from our eyes. Despite all the distractions, it seems that as a nation we have heard the pin drop and now, we are waiting for the other shoe.
Louis, I miss you.
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.
Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.
Mweh ka allay!