{Opening Ceremony of Assembly of Caribbean Peoples #2} Vincentian Leader declares pride in securing multi-million dollar boost for Eastern Caribbean with Libya’s coffers – Are Sovereignty and Morality mutually exclusive? When History’s wounds are closer to home…

So much has happened since this item debuted, it is only now we had the breathing space to examine a matter which Barbados should seriously review for many reasons…

There are many views but let’s try to simplify a very complicated matter, evidence shows a more than average likelihood that Libyans were involved in the explosion which destroyed a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie in Scotland 22 years ago.

IMAGE COURTESY - "Aftermath News." Convicted bomber shows gratitude to Libya's leader

IMAGE COURTESY - "Aftermath News." Convicted bomber shows gratitude to Libya's leader

Amnesty was granted to certain suspects who were remanded in trials over the years due to health reasons and only recently did most families receive financial compensation, but can it ever replace the loss of your fiancée or mother or pal or other buddy, loved one and so forth?

None of this appears to matter to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and specifically Dr Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent & The Grenadines he says and technically he’s correct, that what SVG does is their own business, literally!

The audience that night seemed more fascinated with Gonsalves' delivery rather than considering the import of what he was conveying to the UWI participants

The audience that night seemed more fascinated with Gonsalves' delivery rather than considering the import of what he was conveying to the UWI participants

This came up when the USA learned Gonsalves and his EC compatriots brokered a deal with the African nation, his retort was that USA did business and that so will the Caribbean and they are approaching resources which have appropriate capacity for the Eastern Caribbean to meet its mandates.

While I understand what my dear cousin is saying OFFICIALLY, having grown up in the midst of the horror that was Lockerbie which affected the entire planet? For me it is like if Joseph Chatoyer‘s children decided to do business with the French and British after their father was murdered – but then again, the likelihood of that sad scenario is equally likely. Poverty, the Ultimate Slavemaster? Now you know why Timothy did not approve of loving money too much…

While the room was not jammed that night, there were many significant Barbadians in attendance that nite

While the room was not jammed that night, there were many significant Barbadians in attendance for the lectures

You’ll remember that TBR discovered a deal with Muammar Qaddafi was on the pipeline since February? Well, we were wrong – it was actually since last year! Dr Gonsalves made it a point, while enrapturing audience members with his voice and his use of vocabulary at UWI’s Roy Marshall Theatre, to drive home the fact that while we are no better than  anyone else nevertheless no one is better than us…

Dr Gonsalves in his speech made sure he held eye contact with every part of the room as a skilled orator looking to tell the truth and avoid analysis

Dr Gonsalves in his speech made sure he held eye contact with every part of the room as a skilled orator looking to tell the truth and avoid analysis

This may be true but since we are a high quality people and just as much a high quality destination, do we not deserve to seek funding of a better quality? While Libya’s loans, grants and other services are ‘soft‘  – is not the reason for such an ease of acquiring their fiscal aid due to the questionability of their true global status?

However, as we learn from the Vincentian leader, alia jacta est or as ye olde Julie said “Damn, we in for it now!” {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

An embassy from Libya is to be established in Castries since that is the ‘capital‘ of the OECS, while a bank is to be built in Basseterre – Gonsalves sees it as part of establishing the Caribbean’s own demarcation point in making its own path without involvement from the USA.

What appears to irritating Gonsalves is that the USA are thinking that the Caribbean are somewhat like rebellious teenagers – such as when the cute girl hangs with the Neanderthal biker mainly to piss of dear ol’ Dad – but in his perspective if the USA can make or  break deals then can’t the Eastern Caribbean? {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The Vincentian Prime Minister was quick to outline to America’s State Department representative that while “Dubya” only saw Mexico before assuming Office, that he Gonsalves has visited many European & African destinations which helped him to form a broader and more informed decision – but the query from Bajan Reporter is… Knowing the history, what about conscience?

Fine tuning talks before presentation {FILE PHOTO: TBR}

Fine tuning talks before presentation {FILE PHOTO: TBR}

In the final installment on the Assembly of Caribbean Peoples, rather than look at Professor George Lamming’s regurgitated diatribe that politics is a seasonal cock-fight and yet he offers no alternative to replace the system, we consider his very astute rage at the lack of a regional flight plan within the region and how all of the populace can DEMAND for more respect for out travel needs…

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  1. the era of the dictator is over

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